Workforce Initiative prepares for next session

Posted On: February 13, 2014

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**UPDATE** THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Contact the WCOWDI to get your name on their waiting list.

NEW BREMEN – The West Central Ohio Workforce Development Initiative will be offering another welding course, marking the 6th session in 2 years. Due to continued demand, the WCOWDI will be offering the course beginning on March 10th. The course is 90 hours, from 6pm-9:30pm Monday-Thursday until April 23rd. “We plan to continue to offer the welding course as long as the demand continues. So far, we have seen an increased interest from those looking for better opportunities (under-employed candidates). These individuals recognize the need to have an in-demand skill and we are pleased to help deliver the training.”, said Angela Hamberg, a partner of the WCOWDI.

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 completed the classroom instruction and assessments.

The welding certification has provided financial benefit for many of the candidates who have went 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.

In July of 2011, 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 like Parker-Hannafin, Nidec Minster, Crown Equipment Corporation, Precision Reflex, Vectren, New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation and Mercer County Development, scholarships are available for candidates who qualify.

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