[SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va.] Learn about New River Community and Technical College’s innovative Workforce Lumber and Mill Training at a recruiting event being held on May 21 at the Nicholas County Campus, Summersville.  The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

New River CTC’s new offering allows students to gain skills through the college to prepare them for a paid internship in the lumber industry. This workforce program was developed by working with lumber mills and identifying training needs for current and potential employees.

“Our lumber and mill training was developed in response to the need for skilled employees in the local lumber industry,” Dean of Workforce, Technical, and Community Education Dr. Jerry Wallace explained. “Through this training, we can help current employees already working in the field along with those interested in working in the wood industry.”

Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply for the ten-week Lumber and Mill Training. The workforce course includes OSHA, basic electrical training, log scaling, lumber grading certification and basic heavy equipment training. Eligible students may also qualify for a paid internship, earning a minimum of $10 per hour.

“Having the paid internship component makes this training opportunity a no-brainer because students can make back their upfront investment back as they gain experience,” Wallace added.

Current participating partners include: Allegheny Wood Products, Laurel Creek Hardwoods, Jim C. Hamer Companies, and AFP Logs and Lumber, Inc.

This ten-week training course will start at the Nicholas County Campus on June 3 and a portion of the classroom training will also take place at the Advanced Technology Center in Ghent. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

To register for the Lumber and Mill Training, visit newriver.edu/workforce-education-form/ or contact Gloria Kincaid (304-793-6101, gkincaid@newriver.edu) or Brian Sampson (304-929-5009, bsampson@newriver.edu).

New River CTC’s Workforce Education Division provides community education classes and employable educational opportunities including noncredit courses, workforce development programs and customized training.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).

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