H1B Grant Seeking Long-Term Unemployed

NCTC recently received a $2.1 million grant through North Central Texas Workforce Solutions aimed at assisting the long-term unemployed. The grant is designed to retrain educated workers in high demand, advanced technological fields for which area employers are seeking qualified workers. 

The H1B Grant pays full tuition for the following Advanced Technology Programs: CISCO CCNA Certification preparation, Server Support Program, Help Desk Program, Network + and Security + Certification preparation, and several online-only certificate preparation training classes.

“Successfully completing this training provides each trainee the opportunity to enhance their resume by adding this current, high demand, technology knowledge to their attained education history,” said H1B Grant coordinator, Michael Hake. “Also, each H1B Grant course completer gets a voucher that will cover the cost of an industry certification test in their area of study. The H1B Grant also provides all the trainees reemployment support upon successful program completion.”

To be eligible for this grant, you must possess at least an Associate’s Degree, with six years of experience in a STEM field, Science, Technology, Engineering or Math, or possess a Bachelor’s Degree, with four years of experience in a STEM field.

You must also be considered a “long-term” unemployed person, 27 weeks or more, pass a criminal background check, and pass TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education.)

 “The intent of the H1B Grant is to provide significant support for those people enduring the trials of long-term unemployment to help them come back into the workplace in a high demand job that will benefit them, their families, and the community in which they live,” said Hake.

To apply for this grant, visit the grant website at http://www.nctc.edu/H1BGrant and fill out a short information form. You can also call or email Michael Hake, the H1B Grant Coordinator at 972-899-8419 or mhake@nctc.edu.



Student Success Story – CMA

Clinical Medical Assistant student, Kim Hicks, will take her certification test on March 21, however, she has already been offered a full-time job.

Kim took the CMA course, offered by Lifelong Learning, in Fall 2013. During her externship at NP Care Clinic in Denton, TX, Kim continued to learn.

“I loved my externship at NP Care Clinic,” said Hicks. “Everyone there really wanted to help me continue learning and seemed to genuinely care about my progress.”

 Upon completion of her externship, Kim was offered a full-time position at NP Care Clinic.

 “Kim did everything right,” said Maame Darkwa, Lifelong Learning Healthcare Coordinator. “She took the class, worked hard, called clinical sites, secured an externship and got a job. Her hard work has really paid off for her.”


Industrial Mechanics and Machining Tech – Now WIA Eligible

Lifelong Learning offers Industrial Mechanics and Machining Technology programs, which now qualify for tuition assistance from Workforce Solutions Texoma.

Workforce Solutions Texoma operates under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which helps qualifying students pay for tuition, books, and travel for up to two years. Eligible individuals include employees who are laid off or trade affected, displaced homemakers, and income eligible adults and youth.

The Industrial Mechanics program, which is new, focuses on gaining skills and experience in troubleshooting and repair of electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and pump systems. This program starts on Monday, February 17 and runs through the summer semester, with a cost of $2,750.

Machining Technology will start on Tuesday, February 18 and run through June, with a cost of $1,999.

Workforce Solutions Texoma offers tuition assistance for several NCTC Lifelong Learning programs, including Welding, HVAC and Clinical Medical Assistant.

“Workforce Solutions Texoma is pleased to support these new programs that offer employment opportunities in fields in high demand in our area, said Janie Bates, Executive Director for Workforce Solutions Texoma . “NCTC is a key workforce partner in meeting the needs of employers and job seekers.”

To contact the workforce you can call 940-665-1121. Their Gainesville office is located at 900 North Grand Avenue, Suite 103. You can also visit their website, http://www.workforcesolutionstexoma.com.

The NCTC Lifelong Learning lab for these courses is located at the Gainesville campus, CTC 2100. With questions about the programs, you can contact Lifelong Learning at 940-668-4272.

“Break Through” to our Fall 2013 Schedule of Classes!

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Fall 2013 is right around the corner – registration begins August 5! With no further ado, check out the new classes, programs, and more at Lifelong Learning!

Every Fall, we accept admissions for the HVAC Technician I program again. Our previous classes have had a near 100% job placement rate, so you know our instructors are top-notch professionals. Class meets in Gainesville and begins September 9.

The Marine Motor Technician certificate is back, too! There is a high demand for people who can work on outboard motors. Yamaha has donated equipment, and North Texas Marine partners with us to teach students in a real-life environment. Class begins October 4.

Want to become a paramedic? Begin your journey with our Emergency Care Attendant class, and obtain five priority points towards NCTC’s Emergency Medical Services Program.

Become the “go to person” at a manufacturing facility or a power plant with our Industrial Mechanics program, which begins in October in Gainesville.

Join one of the highest-demand occupations by acquiring a Machinist certificate beginning October in Gainesville. We’re talking CNC, lathes, and blueprint reading here!

We’ve expanded the Clinical Medical Assistant program to include more instruction on EKG and Phlebotomy. Class begins in Corinth on September 4.

Our newest medical program is the Medical Lab Assistant class. If you enroll in our Phlebotomy program (or are a previous successful completer), you can continue building your skills with complexity testing, quality control, and OSHA regulations. Class meets Saturdays in Corinth, beginning September 14.

What other college REDUCES tuition? NCTC’s Lifelong Learning does! Our Small Business Accounting program is now only $1,199. We’re offering it in the evenings in Corinth beginning September 3. This class includes instructions in Quickbooks!

Check out our online continuing education classes for K-12 teachers! Links to enrollment will be up by August 5.

Last but not least, we’ve got a new program exclusively designed for Cooke County residents! The Prime Timers of Cooke County allow residents who are 62 years or better to purchase $25 memberships, and then take as many classes associated with the program that they want. There’s “Create Your Own Script for a Silent Movie,” “Riding the A-Train,” “Genealogy at the Museum,” “Ghost Towns of the Red River Valley,” “Christmas Wrapping and Bows,” and much, much more. Classes begin in September and meet in Gainesville. Attend our orientation session Tuesday, September 10 from 2 pm to 4 pm (Gainesville Campus, CTC building) to learn more and sign up.

Break through – to new passions, new careers, new skills – at Lifelong Learning!

NCTC to train United Copper Employees

North Central Texas College has partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to provide a training grant to United Copper, Inc., a copper manufacturing plant located in Denton. The $85,000 grant will train over 62 employees on various skills, including programmable logic controllers, electrical wiring, industrial and shop mathematics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and communication.


The training is funded by a skills grant that is offered through the Texas Workforce Commission. Lifelong Learning, the continuing education division of North Central Texas College, partners extensively with the Texas Workforce Commission’s field offices to foster economic development by training employees in advanced skills. “Grants like these help sustain a company’s workforce,” explains Diane Mannion, Workforce Development Coordinator at NCTC. “This particular grant will also help United Copper streamline their production processes through competency training.”

Linda Bradley, Human Resource Director at United Copper, agrees. “We are very excited to have these resources available to us to build and expand the skill sets of our current and future employees,” she says. “Receiving this grant was a goal we set for our organization when I joined a year ago and I appreciate all the support and assistance I received from North Central Texas College and Texas Workforce Commission to make this happen.”

Training will begin July 18 and will take place on-site at United Copper and at the Career Technology Center at NCTC’s Gainesville Campus. Former skills grants recipients include GE Transportation and Labinal, and future workforce skills grants are in progress. Employers in Cooke, Denton, Montague counties and the City of Graham who are interested in taking advantage of collaborations with NCTC and the Texas Workforce Commission should contact Diane Mannion at 940-498-6433.

Summer Lecture Series at Lifelong Learning!

For the Summer 2013 Semester, Lifelong Learning’s offering lots of opportunities to learn lots of interesting things!


Severe Weather Preparedness will meet on Tuesday, 6/4 from 6 pm to 8 pm in Corinth or Monday, 6/10 from 6 pm to 8 pm in Flower Mound. This two-hour class will include information on how to prepare a 72 Hour Emergency Kit, where to learn more information about storms, and how to prepare for bad weather. Only $15!

Master of Memory meets Tuesdays, 6/18 to 7/2 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Graham. Participants will learn tips and techniques to perservee and improve memory. Only $29 for three meetings!

Follow The Southwestern Cattle Trails on Tuesday, 6/25 from 6 pm to 9 pm in Corinth, where you will discover the history, sights, sounds, recipes and more along the Shawnee, Chisholm, and Great Western trails. Only $15!

Learn about the Red River Originals – Native Americans of the Red River Valley on Tuesday and Thrusday, 7/16 and 7/18 from 6 pm to 9 pm in Flower Mound. Here, you’ll discover the tribes and nations that currently, and historically, make up our region. Only $29 for six hours’ worth of fascinating lecture!

Cook with Friends on Monday, 7/29 from 1 pm to 4 pm in Graham. Bring five containers to store the freezer-friendly, cost-effective food you’ll be cooking with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services. All supplies are included in the course fee of $99.

To enroll, call 940-498-6270 (Corinth); 940-668-4272 (Graham); or 971-899-8419 (Flower Mound)!

Dental Assisting Open House

Want to learn more about our Dental Assisting Program? Come meet our instructors at our Open House this summer!

Our Dental Assisting Program occurs every Fall and Spring Semester. Classes meet on Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm at the Flower Mound Campus, with labs from 1 pm to 4 pm (and at times, all day) at a local dental office. Training includes chairside assisting, tray set ups for common procedures, anatomy and phyisology of the head and mouth, patient intake, compound and amalgam mixing, front office work, and CPR. Further, our students become Registered Dental Assistants (RDA) thorugh the State of Texas, as well as receive their certifications in Nitrous Oxide. Our students must also complete an externship that teaches them customer service, sterilization, and x-ray development.

The Open House will take place at our dental office partner, Brad Duren Dentistry, at 4030 Justin Road #102, Flower Mound. We’ll meet from 6 pm to 8 m on Tuesday, July 16th. We hope to see you there!