On Dec. 5, friends and family braved the winter weather to celebrate the graduation of MCC’s LINCWorks scholars at the Penn Valley campus. Since last spring, 50 students have received GEDs and career training through the LINCWorks scholarship program.
At the graduation ceremony, GEDs were conferred, as well as certifications in such courses as certified nursing assistant, basic life support for healthcare providers, medication aide, and mental health aide.
MCC-Penn Valley President Dr. Joe Seabrooks, was the keynote speaker.
Two students, Monica Ramsey and Sandra Johnson, Jr., addressed fellow graduates. Both students delivered moving speeches, wiping away tears as they expressed gratitude for the opportunity to start a career. “Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. You are all angels,” said Johnson.
Since February 2011, LINCWorks has partnered with the MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation (IWI) to get participants job training for high-demand careers in such fields as healthcare, customer service and manufacturing. In that time, over 200 students have received training and job placement assistance. In addition to technical preparation, IWI provides employability skills training, connections to employers and academic support.
LINCWorks, funded by the Department of Social Services, Family Support Division, is an initiative of the Local Investment Commission. A system of non-profit community partners and organizations, they are dedicated to helping individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds get job placement and job training assistance.