Oregon Career & Technology Center is currently accepting applications for winter programs set to start in mid-January. The center offers training programs to give adults the skills employers want to re-enter the workforce or to change their career. Now is the time to look at training opportunities and be prepared for positions as they become available in the months to come.
OCTC offers two administrative assistant programs. The Medical Administrative Assistant Program includes terminology, transcription, billing and coding, electronic health records and more. The dental administrative assistant program offers the student everything they will need to know to enter the dental field in the front office. Computer software skills are also included in these programs. Both programs are 22 weeks long and include a two-week externship.
The Northwest Ohio Culinary Institute teaches student the skills needed to work in the restaurant industry. They will learn about product ID and food equipment, preparation of meats and seafood, side dishes, small and large plate design and more. You will also study and test for ServSafe, a nationally recognized credential. The culinary class prepares dinners and works on events throughout the training. This is a 25-week program and is offered in the morning and evening, depending on class size.
The Early Childhood Development Program is offered to current employees of daycare facilities, but also to students interested in this field of work. This program requires 120 hours of classroom time and 480 hours of on-the-job training. We will place you in a daycare for the hours you need to complete for the “Early Childhood Associate” credential. This is a test you will be prepared to take after completing this program.
Along with longer programs, OCTC offers an array of short-term trainings in other medical areas such as pharmacy technician, electronic health records, medical terminology, medical billing and coding, and transcription. We offer CPR Heart Saver, AED, Healthcare Provider and the CPR Instructor Course. The EMT Basic Program is offered twice a year, with the next class to start Jan. 23. In addition, both 10- and 30-hour OSHA Training. New this year in the medical area is phlebotomy. This class is tentatively planned for February.
OCTC also offers OSHA-approved forklift training in the warehouse located in East Toledo. Students are trained on both sit-down propane and stand-up electric forklifts. Also offered are basic construction trades programs in framing, roofing, siding, drywall and electrical. This training gives the student a basic idea of what they may be interested in pursuing with one of the local apprenticeship programs or for the do-it-yourselfer wanting the basic knowledge for that home project.
An array of computer and special interest programs are offered in the evening. Computer classes include Fundaments, Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Basic Web Design. Selling on eBay is a popular class that teaches students to sell and buy online. The school has partnered with WGTE in Toledo to offer four new technology opportunities. Just in time for tax return season, new iPad and Kindle training programs will be offered that include an iPad or Kindle Fire. Both of these technology trainings will be held at the WTGE station in Toledo. Space is limited.
Special interest classes are also offered throughout the year. New topics include quilting and rug braiding. Other offerings include woodcarving, floral design, ballroom dancing, Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, self-defense and much more.
Oregon CTC is now located in the Wynn Center at 5224 Bay Shore Road in Oregon. All of the classes in listed here, along with directions for registration, are found online at oregonctc.org or by calling 419-693-0668 or 419-697-3450. The career center is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.