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Agriculture

CPT, advanced manufacturing information session planned

OGLESBY — High-demand, high-pay manufacturing careers will be the focus of a CPT and Advanced Manufacturing Careers Information Session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Illinois Valley Community College’s CTC-124 within the new Peter Miller Community Technology Center.

The session will provide an overview of career programs in industrial maintenance, industrial electricity, electronics, wind energy, manufacturing technology, CNC, welding, CAD and HVAC. Both certificate and degree programs are available and the majority of the programs will be located in the technology center.

In addition, the Certified Production Technician program (CPT), an introductory manufacturing certificate for those who want to acquire skills and get a job fast, will be discussed.

Thirteen district manufacturers have endorsed the CPT certificate as a desirable credential in their hiring. The certificate, earned in just one semester, can lead to lifetime employment, said Jennifer Scheri, IVCC business training specialist.

Starting wage for an entry-level technician ranges from $11 to $18.78 per hour. Average local wage is $13.70, and most companies offer increases after 90 days as well as healthcare and benefits.

The programs begin with the start of the spring semester Jan. 13. For information, contact Scheri at (815) 224-0390, jennifer.scheri@ivcc.edu or visit www.ivcc.edu/cpt.

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