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There are few things that make a bigger impact on your life than your job. If you’re ready for a quick change, check out these job skills training programs. They’re 4 to 15 weeks in length and are in high-demand fields. These non-credit programs get you in the workforce fast. The cost depends on the program, but several are less than $1,000.

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Chemical Process Operator

Nature of the work

Chemical Process Operators work with the handling, transporting, transferring, storage and disposal of chemicals and other materials in compliance with all state and federal regulations; they operate, troubleshoot, monitor, and control both continuous and batch processes; assemble, disassemble and stage reactor systems; line up and management of valving stations and headers; understand and use pneumatic tools and equipment; connect, disconnect, load, unload and manage tanker transfer stations; are knowledgeable and uphold the standards regarding health, safety, and the environment; interface with chemical engineers and tradesmen, technicians, and co-workers involved with these processes; hands on and management of normal equipment maintenance; calibrate instrumentation; and handling of medium to heavy tools, products and equipment.

Regional Process Operator Employment Opportunities

Chemical employers (Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductor, and Evergreen Solar) have openings for Chemical Process Operators. The projected employment demand is for over 100 new hires each year for the next five years. Starting salaries are $13-20/per hour.


Delta College has two options to prepare you to apply as a chemical process operator at local employers.

Academic Programs

Delta College has a 1-year certificate in Chemical Process Technology (minimum 35 credits) and a 2-year associate degree (minimum 64.6 credits). In our region, HSC/Dow Corning will consider the certificate completers and Dow Chemical requires the associate degree.

Academic Program Questions please contact:
Delta College Counseling & Advising Center

Walk-in Appointment Schedule:
Monday-Thursday 8 am-6 pm
Friday 10 am-4 pm

Fast Start Program
The other option is our 480 hour Pre-Chemical Process Operator “Fast Start” program. Delta College operates a Fast Start program when the employment demand exceeds our academic graduates. This program is designed for individuals who have minimum WorkKeys scores, manufacturing experience, and previous college or training. We currently do not have another program scheduled at this time (probably late Spring or early Summer 2010 at the earliest). If you will send your contact information (mailing address or e-mail) to we will maintain your information in a database and we will contact you with updated information on Fast Start #6 when it is available.

Pharmacy Technician

Nature of the work

Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. They must have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice, and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications, but they do not need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. All the duties of pharmacy technicians have a need for absolute accuracy and precision in both the technical and clerical aspects of the job.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2006 to 2016, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will spur demand for technicians throughout the projection period. In addition, as scientific advances bring treatments for an increasing number of conditions, more pharmacy technicians will be needed to fill a growing number of prescriptions.

Earning potential

Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of pharmacy technicians in May 2006 were:

General medical and surgical hospitals $13.86
Grocery stores $12.78
Pharmacies and drug stores $11.50

See more information and registration about Pharmacy Technician


Nature of the work

Phlebotomists are important members of the clinical laboratory team. New diagnostic techniques, clinical laboratory technology and automated instruments have greatly increased the volume of and demand for medical laboratory testing performed by Phlebotomists. Delta College's LifeLong Learning phlebotomy course is designed to prepare individuals to work in a clinical setting as a phlebotomist in accordance with procedures established by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards.

Students will be eligible to sit for the National certification Agency exam or the American Society of Clinical Pathology exam to become a certified phlebotomist. The phlebotomist course consists of over 80 hours of lectures and labs, held on weekends at Delta College and over 230 hours of clinical experience, covering at least 8 hours per day on weekdays at various local agencies.

By getting your Phlebotomy Program certificate at Delta College, you quickly get your foot in the door to this prestigious medical field. Phlebotomy is often an excellent stepping-stone to other positions available within the healthcare industry.

Job Outlook

Rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities are expected. Most jobs will continue to be in hospitals, but employment will grow faster in other settings. Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests.

Earning Potential

According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, median hourly wages were:

Hospital Private Clinic Physician Office
Phlebotomist $11.70 $12.15 $11.25

See more information and registration for a Phlebotomist

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