Local Labor Officials Support the Valuable Training at JVS

With a universal shortage of skilled workers in the trades industry, Lorain County JVS is helping to close this gap with extensive career technical programs for high school and adult learners.

Joe Thayer, a 22-year member of the Local 33 Sheet Metal Workers Union and parent of a current JVS senior cosmetology student, said the JVS is training students to be job ready. “They are continually improving on getting students workplace ready, and this includes teaching them the soft skills that are also needed. The training is fantastic, regardless of the sector, and I feel the JVS is one of the most important pillars of our county.”

With the labor force in a massive decline and current workers not having the required education or certifications needed, JVS is career-focused and is committed to preparing its students to fill these positions.

Students are leaving the JVS with industry credentials and certifications that positions them to not only launch their careers but gain meaningful employment right out of high school. Some of these include Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) 10 Hour Certification, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Refrigerant Recovery Certification, the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Certification, National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials, American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welder Certification; and many others.

“I think it’s a simple recipe that we use to meet the demands of industry,” said JVS Maintenance Services Instructor Paul Papesh. “We have highly trained instructors who are passionate for the trades, active participation of our industry advisory members who provide our student's work-based learning and job placement opportunities, as well as the continued support of the Lorain County residents.”

Jairo Cabrera, Field Representative for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union, and 2001 graduate of the JVS masonry trades program knows how extensive the learning experience is at the JVS. “Being at the JVS allowed me to develop a tool that I will take with me for life. They provided me with the tools and knowledge I needed and gave me confidence when I entered my apprenticeship program.”

The strong partnerships with the business community also expose JVS students to the world of work through paid internships and other work-related opportunities.

Justin Layne, a refrigeration technician with Total Line Refrigeration and 2017 graduate of the JVS heating and air conditioning program said his internship was invaluable. “My lab time and the experience I had in the workplace, especially during my internship, gave me an advantage when I entered the workforce full time after graduation.”

The Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center is also offering short-term training programs that provide the certifications and skills employers ask for most. Courses are available in healthcare/dental, manufacturing, automotive, public safety and more. Fall courses begin in September, with the opportunity to register still available.