Wednesday, May 30, 2012

KCKCC, JCCC will host computer workshop camp

Young people in Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties have a unique opportunity to learn computer and workplace skills through a camp offered July 9-Aug. 3.

Camp participants must have a high school diploma or GED certificate and can be up to age 21.

Eligibility requirements must be met to participate. 

The training will take place in Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties on the campus of Kansas City Kansas Community College and in Johnson County at Johnson County Community College.

Participants will learn to build a computer and understand its hardware and software, troubleshooting for any problem in the computer’s performance. They’ll also learn team-building and leadership skills.

Students of the camp meet Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for one month.

In addition to regular classroom time, a professional employment coach and mentor will work with each participant to implement a plan to obtain employment.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant also receives a certificate and a $500 stipend check. 

The program is sponsored by Workforce Partnership with training through KCKCC and JCCC.

Nancy McNealey, youth program manager for Workforce Partnership, said the goal of the program is to help young people prepare for and then find the jobs they need to be successful.

“Providing the opportunity for participants to learn technical skills – and even more importantly, job readiness and workplace skills – can have a high impact on their future success as we assist them in getting on a career path,” McNealey said.

This is the third year of the camp. Last year the camp awarded certificates of completion to 53 participants and donated 46 computers, re-built by the participants, to non-profit organizations.

To find out more about the program or to suggest someone for participation, contact Workforce Partnership at 913-279-2600.