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CTC building welding program

August 27, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

LISBON - With high demand for people in the fields of welding and machine trades, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center will open its doors on Wednesday so adults interested in the training programs can visit.

Kelly Weikart, director of adult education, said she gets calls all the time looking for people with welding skills and machine trades skills.

"I'm out of welders," Weikart said of her current response. "All of my welders are employed already."

With demand at a high for trained individuals, the CTC recently remodeled the welding and materials joining labs. Students will now get the opportunity to learn on new state-of-the-art equipment. Weikart said she is willing to offer a midnight welding class if enough people are interested.

Additionally, a decision was made to bring back machine trades, a program which had been discontinued in the past.

Weikart said only six people have signed up for the machine trades program at this time, but she believes each of them will have many job offers when they complete the program.

The training programs include hands-on applications, blueprint reading, industrial math, layout and fitting for welding and machine processes. Students can train in as little as nine months and be eligible to test for national certification.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Adult classes in industrial arts are not scheduled to begin until Sept. 17, so Weikart said there is still plenty of time to get those interested enrolled and potentially get their financial aid approved through the CTC.

The open house will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Those unable to attend can call 424-9562, extension 142, for more information.



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