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Job Training Programs

You’ve been admitted to a job training program, now what?

There are many ways to start a career path, including options which do not involve a traditional 4-year degree. These are called “alternative” programs or pathways to a career. These programs usually are much shorter than traditional degree programs, and typically end in a license (CDL, LPN), certification (IT specialist, Automotive Mechanic), or credential (Day Care Technician, Clinical Sleep Educator).

Enrollment Steps

  • If your program charges a fee (or “tuition”), make sure you know what is expected of you on day one of your program (paid-in-full, partial payment, etc.). 
    • Some programs will offer a payment plan which creates a smaller once-a-month payment over the course of several months. Inquire with your program if this option could help you with your costs.
  • Make sure you have a valid State ID or Driver’s License before you start your program, with a Driver’s License being preferable in case driving is needed.
    • Get your student ID – Some programs may require students to get a school or program ID for the duration of their training program. Make sure you bring this any day you are at the training site.
  • Many alternative programs receive state or federal funding who often have requirements that participants be drug free. 
    • Many trade programs which involve heavy equipment or dangerous work conditions (like a construction site) will periodically drug test throughout a training program for safety.
  • Review the information provided to you by your program to determine if there is a specific textbook(s) you need to have for the coursework component of your program.
    • Many job training programs – even those not affiliated with a college – use some kind of learning manual so that students can learn the language, processes and methods of the work.
  • Your instructor will also let you know what types of tools or equipment you need for day one. Make sure to get that set up ahead of time or ask for help from the instructor if you are having a hard time affording it.
  • Some programs, such as the Nissan/Infiniti program at Moraine Valley CC are sponsored by an external partner or employer and they may want you to be in class in their uniform. Check with your program point-of-contact on any uniform requirements.
    • Prepare for any dress codes – Certain programs, such as YearUp, require that students wear professional attire during the program. Check with your program ahead of time on dress code so that you can acquire any necessary outfits. Programs often have funds for this if you need help.
  • Some training programs require that students complete a physical exam with their doctor or local healthcare provider. These don’t take long and are easy to set up by calling and making an appointment.
  • Some training programs require that students complete specific pre-training courses or activities (getting CPR trained, taking a math/reading test, completing an online training module, etc.). Check with your program point-of-contact on any necessary pre-program training.
  • This is your journey and you should celebrate it and enroll your friends and family into what you are doing, however, many programs have rules about what you can and can’t post on social media about your program. So be sure to ask before you post.

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