New, one-year programs available at Washington State

Washington State Community College announces the approval from the U.S. Department of Education for one-year certificate programs (multi-craft for industry, petroleum industry, welding, pharmacy technician, and Peace Officer Basic Academy) with financial aid.

Washington State Community College has recognized the growing need for qualified employees in the county’s industrial areas and has developed one-year certificate programs in order to expedite students’ learning and skills training. Brenda Kornmiller, M.A., dean of business, engineering, industrial technologies and workforce development at WSCC, stated that “We have developed these (multi-craft for industry, petroleum industry, welding) new one-year certificates in response to industry needs. Industry is looking for workers that are trained as quickly as possible. Our one-year certificates offer training in a two to three semester format. Our students are trained in hands-on labs with the latest equipment and technology. Our state of the art welding lab is brand new! All of these certificates start fall semester.”

For the POBA (Peace Officer Basic Academy) program at WSCC, the issue was that previously, the only way to receive financial aid was to pursue an associate degree. With the college’s new one year certificate, you can receive financial aid by taking three additional courses, all three of which are very pertinent to a career in law enforcement. John Burdette, coordinator for OPOTA at WSCC, said “we are very excited to be offering the new certificate as they found that most of those interested in law enforcement wanted to just get the OPOTC (Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission) state certification for POBA and get out into the law enforcement workforce.”