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Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
(931) 393-1500

Free Workforce Readiness Classes Offered at Motlow College in Moore County

March 27, 2013

Motlow College is offering area citizens the opportunity to earn Workforce Development Readiness Certificates by attending four classes on its Moore County campus.

The certificate program is designed to prepare participants to enter the workforce with basic soft skills and basic industrial skills that meet the needs of local business and industry, according to Fred Rascoe, director of Career Readiness and assistant professor of mechatronics at Motlow.

"The certificate is a valuable tool to present to potential employers and should increase an applicant's employability," Rascoe said. "Classes focus on providing participants the information and skills they need to access jobs in various fields."

Classes are offered at no charge through Motlow's Department of Career Readiness and will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 9, 16 and 23 (Tuesdays), and May 2 (a Thursday) in Marcum Technology Center. To register, call Ingrid Williams at (931) 393-1501 or email

The April 9 class, Ethics and Responsibilities, will be taught by Dayron Deaton Owens. Topics include the definition of ethics and real world situations, employee responsibilities, dealing with change in the workplace, time management and teamwork.

Owens also will teach Effective Communications on April 16. In this class, participants will learn written and oral communication skills, effective listening, communications etiquette, reading skills (following workplace instructions) and writing skills (writing workplace instructions).

The April 23 class, Basic Industrial Math Skills, will be taught by Chuck Lawson. He will cover calculations, simple shop-math problems and resolutions, and applications to manufacturing.

Larry Flatt will teach the final class, Basic Industrial Skills, on May 2. Topics in this module are safety in the workplace, the use of personal protective equipment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its regulations, basic application of mechanical tools and the use of precision measuring tools.

This program is funded with assistance from a grant awarded to Motlow College by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.