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Career in a Year open house brings fast-track programs to community

Davidson County Community College will host its second annual “Career in a Year” open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Davidson campus.

The open house is designed to connect residents with accelerated programs to grow in their careers in one year or less.

Career in a Year will cover more than 20 focus areas. Programs represented will include health care, advanced manufacturing, early childhood education, welding, software and web development, cybersecurity, masonry, forklift operation, automotive systems, truck driving, and emergency medical technician.

“Accelerated career advancement and better wages don’t always require a long-term credential,” said Jane Birkholz, dean of enrollment services. “Career in a Year is our chance to showcase opportunities and engage our community in easily accessible, fulfilling skill-based programs.”

All programs featured can be completed within a span of six months or less up to one year.

Open house participants will have the ability to interact with faculty members who have years of experience both in their respective industry and teaching inside and outside the classroom.

Participants are encouraged to speak with industry leaders and experts in the areas of advanced manufacturing and construction from Wolverine Proctor, Kurz Transfer Products, and Davie Construction who will be on hand during the open house. These experts will be able to offer guidance and insight into the latest developments and trends.

The open house will be at the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on the Davidson campus. In addition to program faculty, staff members will be available to discuss program costs as well as financial aid, scholarships and apprenticeship opportunities. Career Services will be represented to assist participants with assessing options for making a career choice and associated labor market information.

 “We want our community to feel empowered in the workplace. These career-centered programs equip students with the tools to grow and innovate their careers to successfully support themselves, their families, and their communities,” Birkholz said.

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