Manufacturing and IT training offered for underemployed and unemployed

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - The University of Toledo has a completely revitalized building at Scott Park and not too many people know about it.

On Tuesday, campus leaders from Terra State Community College and Northwest State Community College held an educational meeting for community leaders at UT's Advanced Manufacturing Training Center to get the word out about a program both schools provide.

UT allows both colleges to use space for the program. It's a collaboration between all three schools to equip people with knowledge to get manufacturing jobs.

Todd Hernandez, the V.P. for Innovation at Northwest State Community College said, "all of the stuff that you would see in manufacturing we actually have here as part of our programs."

Grants allow underemployed, unemployed or former inmates the ability to take classes.

Verna Chears, the Outreach Specialist said, "anybody that has or needs a second chance in life, this is the place to come to. Anybody that's had difficulties in their life as far as being incarcerated, this is the place to come to. Anybody that doesn't want to come to a four or six year college, this is the place to come to."

"We run a special IT program," added Hernandez. "It's a short-term certificate program were students can come in with very little computer knowledge and leave with the ability to do networking and computer programming."

Toledo's mayor said from what she heard at the meeting, there should not be a barrier to take advantage of this program.

"I think this is one place that people will be able to be retrained out of the workforce and those who are not in and are beginning to start, this can be a career path for them," said Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

It a new facility and those involved with the program are just getting the word out to get students enrolled.

For more information contact Verna Chears at 419-377-3404 for email Verna at You can also contact Debra Fortney the Training Coordinator at 419-267-1318 or email Debra at

IT Specialist classes are offered at The University of Toledo's Scott Park Campus at 200 West Scott Park Dr.