Premier welding tech program made possible with JET grant

08/12/2014 9:24 AM

08/12/2014 9:25 AM

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has approved a $336,090 grant to fund equipment for Weatherford College’s welding program.

The Jobs and Education for Texas (JET) grant program is designed to support high-demand career and technical education programs in Texas public community colleges. This grant award is the fourth received since 2009 by the WC Workforce and Continuing Education Department for a total of $865,262 in funding.

“With the rich manufacturing history in our service area, here at Weatherford College we are positioning our curriculum for a premier welding technologies certificate program that will train students for jobs in high-tech welding and manufacturing,” said Kay Young, WC Dean of Workforce and Economic Development. “The newly enhanced welding program is also designed to inspire students for welding careers in specialized areas such as underwater, aviation, beam welding on sky scrapers or even the International Space Station. There is always a welding job to be done.”

The U.S. Department of Labor has projected openings for 617,900 workers across America in jobs that require welding between 2008 and 2018, and prospects are good for welders trained in the latest technologies like those now offered by WC.

WC will purchase numerous precision production equipment pieces with these new grant funds including another welding simulator, a robotic welder, plasma beds, a milling machine, a sanding machine and other items for advanced training purposes.

“Since the development process for a grant like this is always a team effort,” Young said, “we are appreciative of the support received from manufacturing community including Antelope Oil Tool in Mineral Wells, Total Equipment and Services in Granbury, PECOFacet in Mineral Wells, Bond Arms in Granbury and Off Duty Powder Works in Weatherford and Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas.”

For more information on Weatherford College’s Welding Program, call 817-598-8870.

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