LEARN HOW TO GET WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANTS AT MCC SESSIONS

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Middlesex Community College will host two information sessions for businesses seeking Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund (WFTF) grants.

The sessions will be held Sept. 11, 8:30 to 11 a.m. , at the Federal Building on the Lowell Campus, 50 Kearney Square, and Sept. 19 , 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Middlesex Meetinghouse, 294 Concord Road, Billerica.

A representative from the Massachusetts Division of Career Services will present an overview of the program and answer questions in an informal setting.

The Massachusetts WFTF grants provide resources to businesses to train current and newly hired employees. The Fund provides training grants to Massachusetts employers, ranging from $2,000 to $1 million per application.

Businesses interested in attending these free sessions should call Julie Kimball at 978-656-3009 or e-mail kimballj@middlesex.mass.edu.

Middlesex Community College’s English Learner Institute (ELI) offers a variety of noncredit courses focusing on developing basic English and other skills essential to American culture.

The courses are designed to serve students 16 and older who are newcomers to the United States or who need to develop basic English skills. Topics such as technology, life skills and social conventions are also covered. Non-native speakers who have not met state MCAS requirements for high-school graduation may also take this coursework.

Fall courses, offered in the day or evening, run Sept. 15 through Dec. 19, in six-, seven-, eight- and 14-week sessions. All courses are noncredit and meet on MCC’s Lowell Campus. The Prepare to Attend College (PAC) course is free, and all other ELI courses are $200, plus books. Admission to the program is open to all and does not require an admission application.

The program also offers instruction in intermediate and advanced English for students who need to meet English proficiency standards for Middlesex degree and certificate programs. Courses are nonsequential and students may enter the program in the fall, spring or summer.

For more information about the English Learner Institute, visit the Middlesex Web site, www.middlesex.mass.edu, or contact Maryanne Mungovan, coordinator of MCC’s Multicultural Center, at mungovanm@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3267.

Middlesex Community College offers a wide variety of career and personal development courses. Noncredit classes are held days and evenings in Bedford, Lowell and online. In addition to French, Spanish and basic English, MCC’S fall noncredit foreign-language courses include:

* Beginning Arabic: Arabic is spoken by more than 200 million people worldwide and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Learn to write and read the Arabic alphabet and simple sentences. Emphasis will be on the conversational aspect of the language. A textbook is required and available at the MCC bookstore (30 hours). This course meets Thursdays Sept. 25 through Dec. 18, 5 to 8 p.m., on the Lowell Campus. The cost is $269. Register for course number CAR 630 80 14043.

* Beginning Khmer: This course introduces both spoken and written Khmer, with a heavy focus on conversation. It includes basic oral expression and listening comprehension, and will give the beginning student a practical command of the language. Upon completion of this course, students can expect to have learned basic communication skills and have a vocabulary of 500 to 1,000 words. A textbook is required and available at the MCC bookstore (16 hours). This course meets Mondays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., on the Lowell Campus. The cost is $179. Register for course number CAR 628 80 14154.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) courses offered this fall include:

* CAD Seminar: Learn the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD) with this hands-on seminar. Various popular and powerful CAD programs will be explored and presented, including basic 2-D, 3-D and solid-modeling. Many CAD features and applications will be demonstrated, including drawing, editing, visualization and printing of a real project. No previous CAD experience or understanding of design is required. This course meets Sept. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the Bedford Campus. The cost is $169. Register for class number TEC 614 30 14093.

* Solid Modeling I: This course is designed to provide students with the skills required to develop 3-D CAD part-models and dimensioned detail drawings. Students will become familiar with the commands and procedures used to create solid models, and display them from multiple points of view.

This course meets Sept. 11 through Oct. 16, 6 to 9 p.m., on the Bedford Campus. The cost is $499. Register for class number TEC 610 30 14089.

* Solid Modeling II: This course provides students with the skills required to develop 3-D CAD assemblies from part-models using mates. Analysis of mechanical structure and design will be explored. Solid-modeling software packages, utilizing feature-based parametric design, will be employed to generate mechanical models and assemblies using a state-of-the-art CAD software package by SolidWorks. This course meets Nov. 6 through Dec. 18, 6 to 9 p.m., on the Bedford Campus. The cost is $499. Register for class number TEC 611 30 14090.

To register for these or other MCC noncredit courses, call 1-800-818-3434 or visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining.