By Heaven Gallagher
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College is offering a program to get students ready for a career in 12 months or less.
The shorter Career Ready program has a key difference from the traditional associate’s degree program, Melanie Monturano, director of occupational training at CCC, said recently. “Associate’s degrees take two years whereas occupational training can take anywhere from three to 12 months and students receive a certificate upon completion.”
The Career Ready classes take place on the Blackwood and Cherry Hill campuses of Camden County College and at the Camden County Technical Institute in Sicklerville, Monturano said.
“There is a mix of students, although there is more of an older group of people signing up since we work with unemployment to retrain people who have lost their jobs,” Monturano stated.
Loans and payment plans are available for people who are interested in taking the courses. Financial aid is not.
CCC offers more than 25 Career Ready programs. Technical support, dialysis, welding, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning are some of the more popular programs, Monturano said.
Rebecca Burton completed the dialysis technician program in June and an internship in September.
“The program lasted six months, there were nine people in my class and we attended five days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” Burton said. “The class size was small enough that one-on-one time with the professor was possible. As a class we were able to be hands on and work with the machines each and every day.”
Upon completing the program, the students received certificates.
“The dialysis program is partnered with Davita Dialysis, where we were able to get an internship,” Burton said. “After completing the 300-hour requirement we were either hired right into where we interned or we had to begin our job search.”