Lorain County Community College and the City of Oberlin have partnered to offer free, short-term certificate programs to residents of the city.

Oberlin’s new Social Equity and Skills Development Promise offers 16- and 32-week academic programs focused on in-demand fields such as information technology, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and health care, according to a press release.

Students can also train through LCCC’s Microelectronics Manufacturing Program which supports the microchip and semiconductor industry being built in Ohio, according to the release.

“While this program is designed for adults looking to train quickly to advance their careers or retrain for an in-demand new job, it also works well for recent high school graduates who need a skill for embark on a career,” said Cindy Kushner, Director of School and Community Partnerships at LCCC.

Oberlin’s social equity and skills development program builds on LCCC’s FastTrack to Employment program, the statement said.

The program’s short-term certificates fit into associate degrees that are aligned with in-demand local jobs, according to the release.

The program also includes an Earn and Learn component in which students earn a decent industry wage while completing coursework.

Students prepare for and make these connections through dedicated academic and professional coaching.

Of the students in LCCC’s Fast Track to Employment program, more than half continue on after the first semester, according to the release.

“The Earn and Learn model embedded in these short-term training programs provides students with ways to get their foot in the door of an industry and start on the path to advancement,” Kushner said. “Some people want to make a living while learning, and some people need it. It’s great for both.

Attend an information session at the Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main St., to learn more about Oberlin’s Social Equity and Skills Development Program.

Sessions are on Oct. 14 at noon and Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., according to the release.