On Monday, August 8, the second group of students from the Accelerated Career & Employment program proudly received their certificates of completion from Norco College. For most students, this was their first time earning college credits.
Thirty-five ACE students, ages ranging from 19 to 60, put in long hours of coursework and study time to pass their classes and get a certificate of completion. The ACE program allows students to complete two-year training in less than seven months. With the right amount of dedication, students complete rigorous projects, class presentations, studying and learning. Students received over six hundred hours of hands-on training as preparation for the workforce in Automated Systems and Electric.
“I was top management at Fresh and Easy making good money when I was laid off. In my 50s, I thought it was too late to go back to school, but I did it. Thank you to the faculty and staff for pushing me and my group to do better. I am ready to begin my career in automated systems,” said Connie Patalano.
Days before the ACE ceremony, six students already had full-time job offers and several others were at the final interview stage with companies like FedEx, Brenner Fieldler, Walmart Fulfillment, Dollar Tree distribution and various electrical contractors.
“I am proud of this group. Despite the long days and temporary hurdles, they persevered and achieved their goal. Now that they have graduated, the fun starts. We will work hard as a team to ensure each student finds a great job to apply their new skills,” said Jesse Lopez, ACE project director.
This marks the second graduation for students from the Accelerated Certificate & Employment program.
The Accelerated Certificate & Employment (ACE) program offers accelerated certificates with an occupational emphasis. Norco College trains residents for careers in high-demand occupations, such as Automated Systems Technician, Computer Numerical Control Programmer, and Electrician. These programs offer the education and training necessary to lead individuals directly to employment. Norco College took its technical programs with high industry demand and created accelerated schedules, allowing students to complete a two-year certificate in less than seven months. These programs provide added emphasis on employability skills, offering students opportunities to prepare for job interviews offered by industry partners. Students also have the opportunity to meet employers through program coordinated presentations. Stats about automated warehouses in the Inland Empire can be found at: http://www.supplychainteched.org