Supportive service for the farming community requires job skills being available and some are taught by a network of vocational training outlets with classes in Madera, Merced, Winton and Modesto.
The Central Valley Opportunity Center is an educational institute dedicated to supplying valley growers with a skilled and vital workforce. This is a non-profit charitable foundation under the State of California 501(c)3. Tuition is funded by state and federal grants, with additional support from the Workforce Assistance Center and the Employment Development Department.
The stated educational objective is to train students to perform basic duties associated with entry-level job skills necessary to enter the welding trade or maintenance mechanic field. Upon completion, students will demonstrate common welding techniques and metal fabrication methods using standard metal welding, cutting, bending and shaping equipment, according to its curriculum outline.
Its vocational education trains men and women, ages 18-60-years-old, to work as welders and truck drivers needed to support the agriculture industry. Students may also learn to install solar panels or take the high school diploma equivalency test. The diploma program typically takes four to six weeks to complete. The course about renewable energy is a six-week course.
The facility in Madera teaches classes for welding, industrial maintenance and general business occupations.
Presently, there are 15 students enrolled in the welding classes under the tutelage of two instructors, said Jorge De Nava Jr. executive director of CVOC.
The class enrollment can grow to as many as 30 students at one time. The program trains about 140…
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