Dayton Power and Light-AES has committed $26,000 to MCTC for the formation of a Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning on the Maysville Campus. In essence, the Center will connect talented individuals with open positions. While many folks are struggling to find work, employers are begging for skilled talent to fill their open positions and move their businesses forward.

People entering the Center will have access to many unique services that will assist with talent matching to open jobs, stated MCTCs Robert Boone. Services such as career counseling; soft skills development (workplace communication, time management, etc.); career and personality assessments; mentoring; workshops on topics such as job searching, resume development and interviewing skills; job fairs; on-site employer interviews; and experiential learning opportunities such as co-ops, internships and apprenticeships will be available through the Center.

DPamp;L-AES agreed that such a need in the community exists and wanted to assist with the effort. We are extremely fortunate to receive such a generous contribution from DPamp;L-AES, stated Boone. Their investment will enable our college to more comprehensively connect our students and alumni to the workforce through career development programming and real-world experiences. This Center, which is the first of its kind in the state, will be another important tool to help our region develop and retain the workforce that is needed for economic growth. The donation will assist the Center with assessments, marketing the center, furniture, part-time staffing for extended operating hours, scholarships and technology.

MCTC has designated an entire office suite on the upper level of the Calvert building as the location for the Center, which should be fully operational by January 1, 2016. Projected operating hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. MCTC plans to eventually offer these services on all four of its campuses.

For more information on the Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning, contact Robert Boone at 606-759-7141, ext. 66180.