Two Programs for the Price of None

Kirkwood partnership offers GED diploma classes plus Basic Computing Certificate

For qualified people in eastern Iowa, it’s a deal too good to miss. Two deals, in fact. Ten individuals in eastern Iowa could soon be on the path to catch-up on their education with in-demand skill training as well.

Kirkwood Community College is continuing its Partnership of Academic and Career Education, providing a cohort of students the chance to earn two critical keys to success: a GED diploma and specific training in a skill set sought after by area employers. The PACE program is seeking students who are interested in earning a Basic Computing Certificate and also need to complete their high school equivalency studies.

The program offers qualified students paid GED instruction, testing fees and tuition for the Basic Computing Certificate. Kirkwood assistance in transitioning to employment or further education is also part of the PACE program. Students will get great hands-on lab experience, while gaining a connection to many local companies.

Eligible candidates for the PACE program should have a good work history, reliable transportation, and be able to commit to a six-week program. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30–9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5:30–8:30 p.m. The training program allows participants to earn National Career Readiness certificates that verify skills and knowledge for future employment. The program is limited to 10 participants per session.

Classes start Tuesday, May 10, and run for six weeks at the Kirkwood Resource Center, 1030 Fifth Ave SE. To apply, students need to attend an orientation/information session in room 3008 at the Resource Center on April 25, at 3 p.m., or May 2, at 3 p.m.

For more information please contact Christine Shea-Hunt at 319-366-0142 or cshea@kirkwood.edu.

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