College of Marin caters to distressed workforce in virus era

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College of Marin’s upcoming online instruction could help unemployed residents transition to new careers — in some cases, with the help of virtual reality.“We are working with a company called TransfrVR to develop virtual reality modules for a summer auto class, ” said Katheryn Horton, the college’s director of workforce programs. “Students will be lent Oculus headsets this summer to ‘virtually’ learn how to repair and tend to vehicles.”
Oculus headsets used by video gamers or by others exploring virtual reality. They allow the wearer to simulate the experience of a different location, scenario or landscape.
The virtual reality class in auto repair is one of several job-oriented programs the college is creating for Marin residents left jobless by the coronavirus crisis, Horton said.
“Residents who are out of work may be looking to launch into something new once the economy is up and running again,” Horton said. “We are on the forefront of adapting to changes in the economy and labor market, so we want to let folks know we’re around if they need us.”
Nicole Cruz, the college’s communications director, said staffers are working with TransfrVR to build curriculum to use this summer. Both summer …

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