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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Those in need of a job in Randolph County are being asked to consider a short class this fall for a chance at a big opportunity.

Randolph Community College is signing people up for more than two dozen accelerated classes being offered beginning at the end of August.

Some classes are as short as three months, others can go for four and a half. They'll focus on industries that are in the unique position of needing workers but also people who have at least some specialized training.

“We're trying to satisfy that need for people that want jobs,” said Elbert Lassiter, who oversees the Workforce Development & Continuing Education department at RCC. “We have employers that have jobs and we're trying to marry the two and make sure you have the skills for those jobs once you leave.”

Last year, the classes were offered for free as a part of a grant program. This year that grant program is no longer in pace but RCC says foundation money and scholarship money will help keep costs down for students. Anyone out of work right now can take the classes for free said Lassiter.

One of those industries with positions to fill is advanced machinery. Pemmco Manufacturing in Asheboro has routinely used RCC to find new employees who are able to use the specialized equipment.

“We have seen several people who have gone through the accelerated program have really liked machining and the hands on learning and they want to continue on through the program,” said Rick Powell, president of Pemmco.

Powell said if they see someone with potential then the company will pay for the schooling it takes to finish an associate’s degree in advanced machinery. That’s due to the high demand for manufacturing jobs. Powell said when they look for new employees it’s generally a national search.

“A lot of the manufacturing work that had gone overseas is being restored,” said Powell. “There are not enough people now in the industry to keep up with that demand.”

Randolph Community college provided this list of accelerated classes being offered this fall: Accelerated Machining, Adult Basic Education/Adult Secondary Education, Adult High School, Auto Body Repair, Basic Electrical, Career College, Carpentry, College Prep Math, Direct Care Worker/CNA, Employability Success, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic, ESOL/Bilingual Language Institute, Fire Academy, Healthcare Navigator, High School Equivalency Exam Preparation, HVAC, Insurance, Maintenance Mechanics, Manicurist, Masonry, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Real Estate, Small Business Center, and Welding.

If you’d like more information, call Randolph Community College at 336-633-0268.