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Free career training offered for Turlockers impacted by COVID

in People

Turlock residents who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 can find new, reliable career opportunities thanks to a scholarship program offered through the Valley Occupational Learning and Technology Institute in Modesto. 

In November, the Turlock City Council allocated $50,000 of its $2.5 million in CARES Act funding toward scholarships that would assist residents adversely affected by the pandemic with training through the VOLT program. Operated by Opportunity Stanislaus, the VOLT Institute trains high-quality candidates to enter the workforce with skills that are in demand by industries in the Central Valley Region, many of which are operating as essential businesses during the pandemic. 

The VOLT full maintenance mechanic program provides 360 hours of hands-on training in 10 different areas, like mechanical drive systems, welding, machine tools and more — all critical skills needed to work in many of the region’s businesses. 

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This isn’t your parents’ antique shop anymore. Look what’s moving to J Street

in Health

The old two-story Graham-Rice Furniture building at 1511 J St., home to the Antique Emporium for two decades but sitting empty since December 2015, has been whipped into shape to now help people get and stay fit.

Its new tenant is the Tru-Fitness personal training studio, which will have a soft opening within a couple of weeks and a grand opening April 4, owner/trainer Jake Keidel said Wednesday.

Keidel, 31, grew up in Ceres, has been a personal trainer for 10 years and opened Tru-Fitness in 2014. He’s had much smaller locations in Modesto and Turlock — just 1,200 square feet when he first started — and right now operates what he calls his boutique training studio in a space in the Shops at Lincoln School shopping center on H Street.

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Mental Health Training For Student Leaders

in Education/Health

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), in partnership with the California Department of Education, NAMI California and NAMI Stanislaus will host a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) High School Training for student leaders and club advisers on Thursday, March 5 at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. During the all-day event, students and staff will learn the ins-and-outs of running a successful school club. NAMI on Campus High School Clubs are student-led clubs that promote mental health awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness through engaging activities and educational events, including resource and activity fairs. Students and advisers from the following high schools are slated to participate: Patterson, Oakdale, Ceres, Central Valley, Hughson, Modesto, Gregori and Turlock.

“As a high school junior, I have noticed a high prevalence of stress, anxiety, and depression among my peers,” said Avni Parmar, a junior at Gregori High School. “Unfortunately, mental health is not an easy topic to discuss. NAMI on Campus is particularly crucial because receiving such wellness help and resources directly from peers will be better accepted by students. I hope to further raise awareness to a larger scale to students at all of our district and county schools.”

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