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Agriculture

IVCC offers CPT Fast Track

OGLESBY — Illinois Valley Community College’s Continuing Education Center will offer a new online program for manufacturing and industrial careers titled, “CPT Fast Track.”

An accelerated version of the Certified Production Technician certificate, CPT Fast Track is recommended for individuals with at least five years manufacturing experience or dislocated workers, with a manufacturing background, who have limited time for study.

Classes began Feb. 3 and are open for enrollment until April 25. Classes include manufacturing and safety, quality and measurement, manufacturing processes and maintenance awareness.

Each class is approximately 15-18 hours and is strictly online. Students are also required to take a final exam which will be administered at the IVCC Assessment Center. Cost per class is $145 with additional registration and testing fees.

Thirteen district manufacturers have endorsed the CPT certificate as a desirable credential in their hiring. 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 health care and benefits.

For information, call Jennifer Sowers at (815) 224-0280 or email Jennifer_Sowers@ivcc.edu.

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