Second Industrial Workplace Fundamentals Cohort Honored at Completion Ceremony

In August, Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) offered a four-week Industrial Workplace Fundamentals (IWF) course in Dublin designed to prepare individuals to enter the workforce for a career in manufacturing.

While this was the College’s second Industrial Workplace Fundamentals course, this cohort was specifically designed for dislocated Husqvarna and Valmiera Glass employees.

On Thursday, August 29, the IWF completers were honored during a ceremony held on the College’s Dublin Campus where they each received appropriate tools to go to work in a light manufacturing or industrial environment including a polo shirt, steel toed work boots, safety eyewear, safety gloves, and head protection. In addition, students received a portfolio to show their certification cards, completion certificate and resume to future employers.

During the course, students met Monday through Thursday and completed training to receive certifications in OSHA 10-Hour General Industry safety training, Medic First Aid, Forklift Safety, Northstar Digital Literacy, a basic mastery of Microsoft Computer programs, and National Work Readiness, a soft skills and work ethics training. This cohort also received a Certificate of Completion for a 4-hour Financial Literacy program issued by the University of Georgia’s Laurens County Family and Consumer Science County Extension Agent Susan Moore.

“In addition to these certifications, students participated in half-day courses in some of OFTC’s Trades and Industry programs,” shared Kim David, VP of OFTC’s Business & Industry Services department and Economic Development. “They also completed training on soft skills, work ethics, resume and interview prep, and preparation for the Work Keys exam,” an assessment which measures foundational skills required for success in the workplace.

The IWF students also toured local industry Erdrich USA and learned of specific qualities and skills these companies look for when hiring future employees.

Participating students were: Melvin Coney, Dublin; Tryphena Renew, Milan; Franklin Smith, Milan; Donald Allen, Dublin; Sue Briley, Helena; Tony Horne, Helena; and Melisa Harrison, Milan.

At the conclusion of the program, four of the seven participants enrolled in credit courses at the college to continue their education.

For more info on future IWF cohorts, contact OFTC’s Adult Education department at 478-274-7848 or the Continuing Education department at 478-275-5988.

For more info about OFTC’s 100+ credit programs, visit the Program Page on OFTC.edu.

OFTC's second Industrial Workplace Fundamental course completers. L-R: Franklin Smith, Tryphena Renew, Tony Horne, Melisa Harrison, Sue Briley, Donald Allen.

OFTC’s second Industrial Workplace Fundamental course completers. L-R: Franklin Smith, Tryphena Renew, Tony Horne, Melisa Harrison, Sue Briley, Donald Allen.