Welding Initiative Prepares for 9th Session

Posted On: January 8, 2015

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Welding PhotoNEW BREMEN – Due to continued demand, the West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative (WCOWDI) will be offering another welding session, marking the 9th session since April 2012.  The 90-hour certified course will begin on Monday, February 23rd.  Class will be held Monday-Thursday and will continue through mid-April, running from 6pm – 9pm. The cost of the 8-week course is $900.00.  Scholarships are available for qualified candidates.  Registration is required by Friday, February 13th.

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.  Since the first welding session in April 2012, 75 candidates have completed the course.  “With continued interest in the class, and people improving their wage earnings, it makes sense to continue this program”, stated Angela Hamberg, coordinator of the WCOWDI.

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.

In 2014, the WCOWDI also began a pilot machine trades program, holding 3 sessions with great success.  The machine trades program will be offered throughout 2015.  However, due to high demand, seating is limited to incumbent workers (sent by their employers).

For more information about courses available through the WCOWDI, contact Angela Hamberg, Economic Development Director, New Bremen via phone (419-629-2447) or email wdi@hometownopportunity.com.