MODESTO -- Despite Modesto's high unemployment rate, a local training firm has struggled to fill free job training and placement spots for low-income adults and youth ages 17 to 21.
Anyone who finishes the three to four months of full-day classes will earn a certificate and placement help until employed all at no cost to the trainee, said George Rawe, director of Computer Tutor Business and Technical Institute.
Classes focus on one of three areas:
Medical clerk: Includes medical billing skills and medical terminology
Accounting clerk: Includes basic bookkeeping and accounts receivable programs
Administrative assistant: Includes everyday office software programs
Rawe said despite advertising locally and sending notices to churches, schools, job offices and social service sites, the company still has dozens of openings.
Through a state grant from the Employment Training Panel, the firm has been seeking 50 low-income or unemployed young adults since Jan. 1. There were 42 positions open as of Monday. The program offers referrals for help with transportation and child care.
A federal Workforce Investment Act grant will pay for training 58 low-income young adults and offers help with bus passes.
That program began July 1 and still had 37 open seats. There is a basic skills test to enter, with tutoring available for those who need it, Rawe said.
Both programs run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no homework at the company's north Modesto site, which is next to a Modesto Area Express bus stop, he said.
For more information or to apply, call Diana or Tammy at Computer Tutor Business and Technical Institute, (209) 545-5200.