Lake Land College and LSC Communications are offering an eight-week fast track training program leading to a job at the printing facility in Mattoon. The unique training program is the first of its kind in the LSC Communications organization.
Individuals who complete the training will receive a college certificate and will be hired by LSC Communications in the positions of bindery operator, press operator or assistant press operator at wages of $16 to $18 per hour. Once hired, the employee will enter into an apprenticeship to learn the detailed craft of printing. The positions include full benefits including health, dental, vision and vacation.
Details of the Manufacturing Skills training program will be discussed as well as application requirements. Applicants will be required to complete drug screening and a criminal background check as well as create a plan to pay Lake Land College tuition and fees for the certificate program. Financial aid, a payment plan and funding sources will also be discussed.
Under the guaranteed financial assistance program, students will first apply for state and federal financial assistance. Should those sources not cover the costs, Lake Land College will waive any tuition and mandatory fees that remain. Tuition and fees for the 16-hour LSC Fast Track program are estimated at $2,300 per student.
Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Workforce Development Center.
“Lake Land College is pleased to work with LSC Communications to create a responsive, customized training program to meet the organization’s need for a skilled workforce,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said. “By working with companies such as LSC, we create partnerships that strengthen our regional workforce and communities.”
LSC Communications prints, assembles and ships magazines, catalogs and books in the 1.3 million-square-foot facility. The facility includes a weight room, locker rooms and a full-service cafeteria.
LSC Communications in Mattoon, prints, assembles and ships magazines, catalogs and books in the 1.3 million-square-foot facility.
Total cost for program is $2,367.00. Financial aid will be available to those who qualify. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA.
Additional funding may also be available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
The Nelnet Payment Plan allows students to spread tuition and fee payments out over the course of the program.
Enrollment in the program is limited. Program will last eight-weeks.
Individuals who complete the training will receive a college certificate and will be hired by LSC Communications in the positions of bindery operator, press operator or assistant press operator.
Classes will meet at the Lake Land College Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave., E, Mattoon.
John Price started the LSC Fast Track program in June and finished in July, when he began his employment with LSC. Since then he has received several promotions and currently works as a stitcher operator.
“What I really loved about the class was how we were able to get our hands on a variety of equipment and start using it properly. Our instructors were encouraging too. They would take the difficult to understand information and translate it.”
“By completing the training program I have been able to take advantage of several opportunities to advance at LSC,” Price said. “I am a real salt of the earth kind of guy and this opportunity gave me a new start and new direction.”