It has only been two weeks since Molly Space has been working to become a nail technician at Miller-Motte College. She is on the fast track to get certified in only three months. "There are not a lot of jobs out there, and they are not paying very well. If you are trying to go back to school for two years or four years, there is no way to make money while you are doing that," said Space. Molly is one of many looking to re-enter the workforce with a new trade under their belt, and by spending as little time as possible back in the classroom. Miller-Motte student, Derrick Dunbar said, "Two years is a real short time to commit to something when you can get your degree in the field and get out within those two years." "There are many, many, many job opportunities out there that don't require a four year degree. Those are the types of programs that we realize people need to gain entry-level employment," said Miller-Motte campus director David Tipps. Many who are looking to start a new career are trying to accomplish more with in less time. That can mean taking anywhere from three months to two years to complete a new degree or certification in medical assisting or cosmetology. Additional training may get easier with a trip to the unemployment office. Funds from the stimulus package are helping give students job opportunities. All it takes is six months in a community college with the 12 in 6 Initiative; twelve career paths can be at your reach within six months. "Most of it is hands-on and we have qualified instructors to evaluate their hands-on ability, and to know if that person is going to be a good employee and how well they perform the skills,” said Brunswick Community College Dean of Workforce Development Velva Jenkins. The JobsNOW: 12 in 6 Initiative is the brainchild of Governor Bev Perdue. Funds through the Employment Security Commission can pay for 12 designated classes at area community colleges. For more information, contact your local ESC Job Link office.
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