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Highland Community College offers services to assist displaced workers

FREEPORT� On Tuesday, July 17, Highland Community College admissions� representatives conducted an on-site visit to Sensata Technologies in Freeport as part of the College�s sustained efforts to provide occupational and academic counseling services to all district residents, including dislocated workers. funny cartoons pictures

The most recent on-site visit by Highland was the third of its kind held at Sensata Technologies. Previous meetings with trade-affected employees took place in January and March of this year. Highland provided information regarding training and educational opportunities, as well as career development tools in conjunction with the various Workforce Employment Solutions partners. Representatives from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and Partners for Employment (PFE) were also available to answer questions and review eligibility criteria for additional services.

As part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant awarded to the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), Highland was identified as a partner college. The grant provides for an Adult Transition Center and an Adult Transition Coordinator, and emphasizes the creation of courses for green jobs. Non-traditional students just beginning the college process now have 'concierge' or central contact point to address their unique needs. funny pictures

"One of IGEN�s Career Pathways grant�s primary goals in partnering with Highland and other two-year colleges is to ensure that returning adult students or dislocated workers in need of retraining have higher retention rates, graduation rates, and career skills in the field of sustainable energy," said Wendy Erbsen, IGEN adult transition coordinator. "As part of that goal, we have been visiting the Sensata employees as a means of allowing trade-affected workers to make an informed decision about retraining." funny images

During last week�s site visit at Sensata Technologies, Erbsen said approximately 40 individuals expressed interest in utilizing Highland�s services. She was encouraged by the workers� pro-active response and anticipates more inquiries as workers evaluate their options. Presently, adult students may benefit from a variety of free resources, including: funny photos

� Academic advisement to gain information on programs and graduation requirements
� Direction to academic support, such as tutoring, and career planning services
� Assistance with completing financial aid forms and understanding Online Bill Pay
� Personal guidance through referral to appropriate on- and off-campus services
� Supplemental services, such as placement test preparation or transfer assistance

Non-traditional adult students or dislocated workers needing extra assistance should contact Wendy Erbsen at 815.599.3512.

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

Fax 815-235-6130

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