Santa Barbara County residents who are out of work can take free classes offered in Lompoc and Santa Maria to gain some new skills in high demand occupations including Computer Applications with Social Media for Business, Electronic Health Records Support Technician and Energy Efficiency: Window & Door Installation Specialist.   For more information and to register, contact the Workforce Investment Act Program at 805-614-1317.

  • Computer Applications with Social Media Marketing for Business

Courses will cover current Microsoft Office software programs, word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and email applications.  Trainees will also be introduced to PowerPoint, Access and Publisher.  The social networking and media component will be integrated throughout the entire course to include graphic, video and audio file types and applications as it pertains to each level.

§  Santa Maria – Allan Hancock College campus

o    March 15 – June 9 (tentative)

§  Lompoc – AHC’s Lompoc Valley Center

o    March 15 – June 7 (tentative)

  • Electronic Health Records Support Technician

This supplemental training is designed for those trainees who have successfully completed the medical/dental front office assistance training in 2010 or have a medical training background.  This training explores the current and future trends of electronic health records, health information networks and personal health records systems.  Courses include medical terminology, legal aspects of medical records, computer basics and electronic health records.

§  Santa Maria – Allan Hancock College campus

o    March 26 – June 4

  • Energy Efficiency:  Window & Door Installation Specialist

Trainees are recommended to have successfully completed the Weatherization course offered at Allan Hancock College in 2010 or have some construction background.  The training will cover energy efficiency concepts, specifically window and door installation techniques for new construction and retrofit installation.  The course covers a set of basic skills that will be useful for trainees choosing to further their education in the areas of architecture, construction and weatherization.

§  Lompoc – AHC’s Lompoc Valley Center

    • April 4 – April 11

All of the courses will lead to jointly sponsored Certificates of Recognition from Allan Hancock College and the Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board.

The free job training program is a joint effort between the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Santa Barbara County and Allan Hancock College.  The WIB is a public/private, non-profit, federally funded agency that operates in partnership with Santa Barbara County.  Funding for the training classes was received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to help create opportunities for Santa Barbara County residents who are out of work and seeking to gain some new skills that are needed in today’s labor market.

For more information about the WIB, go to www.santabarbaracountywib.org.