MCCC to Place Rail Transportation Industry Professionals
on the Right Track


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - With the growing emphasis on energy and environmental concerns, cities across America are investing heavily in new railroad infrastructure to develop both passenger and freight transportation, says Mark Mattis, a New Jersey Transit engineer and trainer who will teach a new certificate program at Mercer County Community College.

Beginning Nov. 15, the college's Center for Continuing Studies will offer the "Basic Training Certificate" for locomotive engineers and conductors, which also prepares students for careers as train dispatchers or transportation management trainees. Students will receive a complete overview of railroad operations, equipment, safety, infrastructure and security issues. Upon completion, participants will be eligible to interview for well-paid positions at heavy or light rail companies across the United States.

Mattis says there is a dramatic increase in demand for people to fill various positions in the industry. He says average starting salaries for these types of positions nationally can be $65,000 to $100,000.

Classes will be offered on eight Saturdays, Nov. 15 to Jan. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at MCCC's West Windsor Campus. (Classes will not meet Nov. 29, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27.) Tuition and fees of $350 include materials. Participants must have at least a high school diploma or GED to enroll.

To register or for more information about this and other noncredit courses offered by MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies, click here and go to page 30, or call (609) 570-3311.

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