Job Training Program Opens New Career Path for Unemployed

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—TeamBuilders Academy at Prince George’s Community College, a cohort-based accelerated adult career training program, celebrates student success at a completion ceremony May 8, 5-7 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Room B.  Three students from the spring class of 18 graduates received job offers prior to completion and each earn more than $30,000 annually. 

“TeamBuilders Academy assists a unique subset of Prince George’s County and prepares them for employment opportunities,” said Thomisha Duru, program director, TeamBuilders Academy. “The spring 2012 cohort consists of dedicated students that are well prepared to help any construction-related business reach their goals,” added Duru.

Participants completed approximately 12-weeks of training which focused on the construction-trade industry. After training has been completed, students are prepared to obtain professional credentials and industry-specific certifications which are directly aligned with local employment opportunities.

TeamBuilders Academy began in April 2009 and was inspired by former Prince George’s County Council member Tony Knotts who recognized a need for a specialized job training program to support his community. TeamBuilders Academy is now open to all eligible adult residents of Prince George’s County who are chronically unemployed and eager to enter the workforce but need training, guidance and assistance to establish a solid career path. For more information on TeamBuilders Academy or workforce development and continuing education programs, call 301-322-0964.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

  

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