EASTPARK — Graduates of two of Ashland Community and Technical College’s high-tech programs will be among the first to benefit from a partnership formalized Monday between the college and the Manpower job placement agency.

Students in the programs, Applied Process Technologies and Advanced Integrated Technology, were on hand during a signing ceremony for the Tri-State Recruitment Initiative, under which Manpower will provide job-preparation and job-placement services to them when they graduate.

  • Under the partnership, Manpower will:
  • provide career coaching, including resume assistance and mock interviews.
  • arrange interviews with employers.
  • work with area employers to hire through the initiative.
  • permit student access to free online training classes.

The Manpower assistance will not cost ACTC or the students anything. Instead, the company contracts with employers to find them workers.

ACTC expects the partnership will increase the number of job opportunities for graduates.

“We have career services here at ACTC, but this is another avenue for students to connect to for employment,” college President Larry Ferguson said.

And Manpower brings with it a network it has built over some 40 years, company president Diane Strong-Treister said. “We already know which companies are looking . . . we can help them make connection from the programs they are in to the jobs they seek,” she said.