Lake Land College and LSC Communications are offering a nine-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.
Those interested in the program must attend one of two informational sessions on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Lake Land College Workforce Development Center, 305 Richmond Ave., E, Mattoon from 9-10 a.m. or 6-7 p.m. 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.
Classes will be held May 14-July 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Workforce Development Center. Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays will be observed.
“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.
“Everything we do here is extremely detail oriented and highly technical,” James Lanman, vice president of manufacturing at LSC Communications, said. “We are looking for people who are interested in technology and want a hands-on experience.”
Lanman said LSC offers opportunities for career advancement and has many employees who have been there for decades. The positions include full benefits including health, dental, vision and vacation. The facility includes a weight room, locker rooms and a full-service cafeteria.
“We have been making a concerted effort to be more involved in the community and partnering with Lake Land will help us reach that goal. The plant employs more than 700 full-time staff but we are always looking for new and inspired talent,” Lanman said.
For more information about the program, contact Bonnie Moore, director to Center for Business and Industry, at 217-238-8260 or bmoore71258@lakelandcollege.