2008-01-03 / Education

'Fast track' program offers career prep in 10 months

For many in today's tight job market, the ticket to finding a job is having a marketable skill. While learning a trade often leads to a great career, many people struggle to find time to attend classes.

With Mid Michigan Community College's Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HRA) Fast Track program, students get prepared for a career in just 10 months - with only evening classes.

"This is incredibly exciting for our students," said Mark Todd, HRA instructor at MMCC. "With this class format, we can serve students who work during the day and want to move quickly through the curriculum."

There are 15 classes that make up the HRA program. The HRA Fast Track allows a student to complete all 15 courses in just ten months. The compressed classes are exactly the same as the traditional length classes and offer the same number of instruction hours, however, each course only takes a maximum of three weeks and all classes start at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

"In addition to being an attractive alternative to traditional class times, this unique class format gives the students additional flexibility," Todd said. "The classes are grouped so that students can be fully trained in 10 months or get training in certain areas in just a few months."

The fast track program is open for enrollment and the first class starts Jan. 7. The classes can be taken in series as part of the fast track or separately as a refresher course for industry professionals.

"The HRA program is so attractive because students can get good paying jobs right out of school," said Todd. "We're really excited about the way this new fast track will allow students to access the program and help them enter the job market."

For information, contact MMCC at (989) 386-6622.

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