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Woodworking training to be offered for free

ELKINS — The Randolph County WORC and the Wood Technology Center are partnering to offer two free weeks of training during their “Get Ready for WoodWorking Program.”

The specific manufacturing training, which will begin on Dec. 6, will be held at the Learning Center at 125 Third Street in downtown Elkins. The center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The classes being offered are designed to help students learn techniques and skills needed on a production line. Students will also be trained on how to successfully gain and keep employment.

Participants who complete the program will earn certification in Forklift, OSHA-10 and First-Aid/CPR. They will also receive a $200 stipend and will receive on-site interviews for job placement.

The goal of the Randolph WORC program is to increase access to training programs for those who are first-time job seekers, those under-employed, displaced workers and those who will be leaving a corrections institute and will be entering the workforce.

WORC, which is part of the Randolph County Housing Authority, is focused on the growth of three industries — health care services, wood product manufacturing and construction.

The West Virginia Wood Technology Center is a non-profit subsidiary of the Randolph County Development Authority. It’s mission is regional economic growth, business growth and the personal growth of individuals

The WVWTC provides high-quality business support services and workforce training programs to individuals and businesses throughout the region, officials said. The WVWTC is branching out to offer a wider variety of training and support services, but its singular focus remains intact.

For more information contact Matt Hedrick at 304-940-3966 or go to worc@rchawv.org.

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