- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - Several spots remain for Lee County residents in the southeastern corner of Iowa looking to enroll in a manufacturing job skills course free of charge.

Manufacturing 101 will be offered by Southeastern Community College’s Fort Madison Center, the Burlington Hawk Eye reported (https://bit.ly/1Mi2yyB ). The course begins Oct. 20 and will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through Jan. 28.

Dana Millard, marketing and communications manager for Lee County Economic Development Group, said the course is designed “to improve the pipeline” of workers for area industrial employers.

“It’s a basic course that covers the basic math, reading comprehension, reading for information and the basic mechanical skills needed in order to get an entrylevel job at some of our employers,” Millard said. “This is for anyone who is interested in a manufacturing career but may not have that experience.”

Several spaces are available for anyone 18 and older. Neither a high school diploma nor a GED is needed to attend.



Applications are due by Friday and may be submitted online at https://leecountyedg.com or by contact Millard at 3199317182 or at [email protected]

“Our 13 industry partners have agreed and signed on to give graduates of this program a first look when they are hiring,” Millard said.

Transportation can be arranged through the Southeast Iowa Regional Bus if necessary, she said, and onsite child care will be available.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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