Workforce Initiative prepares for 7th welding session

Posted On: May 15, 2014

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For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2014

Workforce Initiative prepares for 7th welding session
NEW BREMEN – Due to continued demand, the West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative (WCOWDI) will be offering two courses over the summer months, with an orientation being held on June 5th. Both courses will begin class instruction/lab on Tuesday, June 17th, with the morning course being held from 9am-noon Tuesday-Thursday, and an evening course being offered from 6pm-9pm Tuesday-Thursday.

“With the school year ending, we have access to the welding booths during the morning. This time window allows us to accommodate those who work 2nd shift.”, said WCOWDI partner & New Bremen Economic Development Director, Angela Hamberg. “ We continue to be adaptable in our schedule planning, so that we can accommodate the needs of those seeking to improve their skillset”, said Hamberg.

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.

The curriculum for this set of courses is different from the previous courses. “Due to recent success from the WCOWDI’s pilot program of the Machine Trades blended-learning environment using ToolingU, an online training tool, we decided to implement a blended-learning environment with the Welding program”, added Hamberg.

The welding certification has provided financial benefit for many of the candidates who have been through the program. Eighty percent of the underemployed candidates have acquired better paying positions with the newly attained skillset. Many of the incumbent workers, who have been sponsored by their employer, have also seen financial benefit from the newly attained skill by being qualified to apply for other positions within the company.

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, Village of New Bremen via phone (419-629-2447) or email