Young adults ready to enter workforce

Dec. 14, 2012 @ 09:44 PM

After weeks of intensive training, more than a dozen young adults were recognized Friday for overcoming employment obstacles and gaining skills to enter the industrial workforce.

The students were honored for completing eight weeks of courses that focused on manufacturing Friday morning at the Lee County Industries Inc. office, located at 2711 Tramway Road.

“They are ready to make Lee County employers happy,” said LCI Inc. Executive Director Meg Moss.

Each of the students were given a portfolio with his or her completed resume, cover letter and work certificate at the end of a graduation ceremony. Several students are leaving the program with a job or interview in hand, said LCI Director of Special Projects and Careers Shirley Rijkse

“They have worked very hard,” she said. “And they are able to share what they have been through.”

Marshall Guin, one of the students leaving the program with a job at Tyson, said he learned manufacturing was more than machines and appreciated the one-on-one time with the instructors.

“The teachers did a great job and really they really lent a helping hand,” he said.

LCI Business Development Manager James Womack encouraged students to never give up on their dreams and said he was proud they took advantage of this opportunity.

“Obviously, there is a lot of support and love here,” he said.

If students want to be successful, they needed to challenge themselves, gain skills and seek encouragement, Womack said, and with these skills they will be able to soar like eagles.

“They have grown from a group of students who needed skills and are now able to enter the workforce,” he said.

The funding for the classes came from a N.C. Rural Economic Development Center $75,000 grant to provide career training and on-the-job experience to young adults. LCI Inc. was one of 13 communities to receive the grant during the fall.

Enrollment for a second class is open until Feb. 15 and applications can be picked up at LCI Inc. and at Central Carolina Community College Continuing Education Center, a partner with the classes.