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CPT program begins in August

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:48 p.m. CDT

OGLESBY — Students can train for a high-demand, high-pay manufacturing career in just one semester through a new Illinois Valley Community College certificate program beginning Aug. 19.

Eleven district manufacturers are backing the program by pledging their interest in hiring students who earn the Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certificate.

American Nickeloid, Maze Nails, Eakas and James Hardie of Peru, Carus Corporation of LaSalle, Hart Electric of Lostant, HCC of Mendota, MBL (USA) of Ottawa and Transco, Plymouth Tube and Vactor Manufacturing of Streator have endorsed the program.

“CPT certificate graduates have proven their interest and ability in manufacturing by studying the quality, safety, maintenance and electro-mechanical elements essential to our industry,” said Maze Nails’ Jim Loveland. “Manufacturers across the U.S. recognize the value of a CPT and would seriously consider hiring these graduates.”

MBL Executive Vice President Tom Welsh and Jan Anderson of James Hardie both said the program will provide their companies more qualified employees.

IVCC Director of Continuing Education and Business Services Jamie Gahm said, “This certificate program prepares students for high-performance, technologically advanced production jobs. This is a training program for all entry-level production technicians in our local manufacturing sectors.”

In just one semester, students can acquire skills needed by local manufacturers, build a foundation for lifelong employment and obtain a nationally recognized, portable credential accepted across the U.S., said Jennifer Scheri, business training specialist.

The program begins Aug. 19 and includes the following courses: Introduction to Manufacturing and OSHA 10-Hour Safety, Quality and Measurement, Manufacturing Processes, Intro to Manufacturing Maintenance, Technical Mathematics I, Career Exploration and Job Seeking Skills.

The next CPT information session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1 in Room C325.

For information, contact Scheri at (815) 224-0390, or visit

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