WESTERLY — A student recruitment session for the next round of process technology training at Westerly Education Center is scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m.

The 10-week course will start in mid-July. It covers the basic skills needed for entry-level work as a process technologist and was designed by Community College of Rhode Island. Because of the shortage of process technologists in the region, this course was created to help local employers find skilled workers. The employers recruit workers from the classes. The training is free and available to anyone with a high school diploma or GED equivalent; no experience is necessary.

Process technologists are essential in manufacturing. They help create pharmaceuticals, mix plastics and dyes that are used in clothing, furniture, home décor and toys, and manufacture food and beverages, test materials, and perform other production functions. Local employers face long-term shortages of process technologists as large segments of the workforce reach retirement age.

The bootcamp-style training will rapidly educate students in several of the disciplines used in process technology, including chemical processing and government regulations; safety and workplace responsibilities; physical properties and determinations; chemical calculations; handling chemicals; pressure and vacuum; sampling; fluid mechanics and plumbing; computer control and monitoring systems; standard operating procedures; basic electricity; and process operations.

Skills for Rhode Island's Future is conducting the session and will hold an interview session Monday at 2 p.m. at Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship St. To apply online or book an interview, go to jobs.skillsforri.com or call 401-680-5960.

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