Center for Employment Training
Individuals achieve economic stability through quality education and employment services.
Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training (CET) trains people for careers in Medical Assisting, and Business & Computer Technologies. The training courses combine technical skills instruction with basic skills, work supports, success skills, and employment placement services. CET is open enrollment and trainees typically complete in less than a year, though they move at their own pace based on mastery of skills. The training has been designed in close cooperation with local employers to ensure CET graduates enter the workforce in demand.
- CET offers a competency-based employment training program which emphasizes skills most needed in the workplace. A trainee moves through the curriculum at his or her own pace, moving on to a new concept when ready. Over sixty percent of training is hands-on, using equipment similar to that used in the workplace.
- CET promotes good work habits through simulation of a business environment. We require consistent attendance, and trainees sign in and out to simulate workplace attendance procedures. Tardiness and absenteeism are addressed as they occur, in recognition of the importance of punctuality and good attendance on the job.
- CET’s skill divisions prepare trainees for occupations that are in demand in the local labor market. The training has been designed in close cooperation with local employers to ensure that CET graduates will be in demand in the workforce. Because job conditions change quickly, CET continually checks job requirements and updates curricula and classroom equipment to meet industry needs.
Why We Do It
One of the keys to achieving self-sufficiency is having a job that pays a livable wage with benefits and an opportunity for career advancement. Many in our region are underemployed because of a lack of marketable job skills. In order for our community to be a vibrant place where hopes and dreams are realized, we must have an educated and empowered workforce. The Center for Employment Training offers trainees the opportunity to receive training in high-demand fields without taking on debt through scholarships and grant funds.
CET is a short-term, skill specific workforce development program that is accredited through the Council on Occupational Education. The program readies trainees through educational and employment opportunities for higher levels of self-sufficiency. Training is hands-on, highly individualized, and self-paced. CET does not conduct testing as an enrollment requirement, and offers financial aid—none of our graduates are burdened with student loans from their training. Eligible trainees without a high school diploma can prepare for the GED on-site. CET provides contextual learning, combining four cornerstones of professional development: skill training, career development, success skills, and adult education competencies. Brighton Center’s wide array of supports and resources are available to assist our trainees in overcoming barriers to success. At CET, graduation is a job in one’s field of study, and we support our trainees all along their path towards realizing their hopes and dreams.
Step Up Program
Step Up is a component of the Center for Employment Training tailored for the unique needs of youth 16-21 years old who lack a high school credential. Individuals are coached to explore high demand career paths, develop professional job performance skills, and ultimately attach to a job.