Welding Initiative Prepares for 8th Session

Posted On: August 22, 2014

Share with your friends!

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • linkedin
  • google+
  • email

NEW BREMEN – Due to continued demand, the West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative (WCOWDI) will be offering an 8th welding session. The course will begin with an orientation on October 1st. The course will begin class instruction/lab on Tuesday, October 14th at 6pm-9pm and will continue every Tuesday-Thursday until mid-December.

“Our recent session produced positive financial benefit to several of the candidates who went through the program. It can be challenging to connect with the students post-class, but it is always great to hear that many are able to apply their newly acquired skill within weeks of completing the course.”, said Angela Hamberg, Economic Development Director, New Bremen and facilitator of the WDI welding program.

The classes are held at Tri Star Career Compact, Dennings building in St. Marys. At the end of the 90-hour welding course, a certificate is awarded to candidates who successfully complete the classroom instruction and applications. Over the course of 28 months, since the first welding session in April 2012, 72 candidates have completed the course. “With continued interest in the class, and people improving their wage earnings, it makes sense to continue this program”, added Hamberg.

A group of area manufacturing leaders, colleges, career centers, high school officials and local resources had joined together to implement a plan to improve the skill-set and qualifications of workers in the Manufacturing sector. It is the goal of this workforce development effort to make visible the varied types of training that are available to the community and where possible, bring manufacturing training to the local area. Through this effort, a talent pool of qualified employees can be developed that will assist our communities and ensure a stronger economy.

Through discussions with manufacturing businesses, welding was identified as one of the most in-demand skills in the region. For this reason, the partners of the WCOWDI developed a program that met the basic skills of the trade. Thanks to participating companies and organizations, scholarships are available for candidates who qualify.
For more information about this course or other courses available through the WCOWDI, contact Angela Hamberg, Economic Development Director, New Bremen via phone (419-629-2447) or email wdi@hometownopportunity.com.