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WVNCC Offers Training Via Jobs & Hope Program

Photo Provided Participants in Jobs & Hope West Virginia’s Substance Use Disorder Crisis program received classroom and hands-on training last week for forklift operator certification. Practical safety and operation training took place outdoors in the parking lot outside of WVNCC’s Industrial Technology Center this past week.

Participants in Jobs & Hope West Virginia’s Substance Use Disorder Crisis program took a big step forward with the help of training made available at West Virginia Northern Community College this past week.

WVNCC recently partnered with Jobs & Hope WV to provide their participants with training to get back into the workforce. In a matter of weeks, WVNCC was able to quickly set up a forklift operation training program through its Economic and Workforce Development Department to help provide the training sessions.

“We put together a training program for Jobs & Hope WV, working with them to help some people who may have been incarcerated or otherwise difficult to employ,” Dr. Phil Klein, vice president of Economic and Workforce Development at WVNCC said. “We were able to set up a day and a half of training for them, with classroom instruction and practical, hands-on training sessions on the forklift through a cone course, along with forklift safety training, as well.”

A total of 10 participants in the Jobs & Hope WV program took part in the forklift safety and operation certification at Northern last week, Klein said.

The participants were able to earn their OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) 10 card, as well as operator certification through the college.

Klein said this is just one of many examples of training programs that Northern is able to provide to organizations and businesses in the Ohio Valley.

“It’s not unusual for us at all,” he said. “We work to meet the training needs for our partners in the community.”

WVNCC was recently able to set up a similar training program that was needed to certify emergency medical technicians, Klein noted. The training helps connect a skilled workforce with local employers who have a need to fill a vacancy.

Established by W.Va. Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Legislature, Jobs & Hope WV aims to address the state’s substance use disorder crisis through a statewide collaboration of agencies to provide linked services to participants.

Jobs and Hope WV is for individuals in recovery who are education- and career-ready. However, programs through Jobs & Hope West WV are available to all West Virginians who have a barrier to career employment.

Jobs & Hope WV has transition agents placed throughout the state who have a broad range of expertise and knowledge of peer recovery and services that are offered by the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources, as well as workforce, career technical and higher education resources. Jobs & Hope WV’s Region 5 office serves people in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties.

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