The Advanced Welding Program at White Mountains Community College will begin classes this September at their Academic Center in Littleton. The classes will be held in the new Advanced Welder Training unit and will be held two nights a week and every other Saturday.
The Advanced Welding Program has expanded recently and continues to build on its reputation for teaching hands-on welding skills, training on the most cutting-edge equipment, and creating not just welders, but world-class professionals. The strong industry ties the program has built are a product of the quality of instruction and its ability to stay at the forefront of the welding field. In the end, those ties benefit the student as each graduate from last year’s program left with at least one job offer.
Recent graduate Scott Turkelson was daunted by the prospect of returning to work with a new skillset at what he considered an ‘advanced’ age. “Yesterday I completed my first full week of work in a long time and I've never felt better. Right away I felt an energy flowing back into me that had left a long time ago. I can truly say that the instructors were a big part of that and I owe them my deepest thanks.” Scott found a number of job opportunities available to him upon graduation and he also found that the process of learning and achieving certification helped build his confidence. “While the faculty taught me how to weld, they also showed me that I could regain my self-respect by using my hands and my natural skills that they brought out.”
The Advanced Welding Certificate program is intensive and a significant amount of time is spent learning the hands-on techniques that are directly applicable in industry upon graduation. The full time version of this certificate begins in September in the new lab in Berlin and takes two semesters. The Littleton offering is a selection of those courses with more planned for the Spring semester. By May, the students will have completed approximately half of the full time certificate, but will have had classes in Safety, Oxy Cutting and Beveling and all the necessary training for American Welding Society (AWS) certification in SMAW (stick) and FCAW (flux cored) welding.
These courses are financial aid eligible and will provide a great foundation for a future career in welding. The courses, the Advanced Welder Training unit and the commissioning of the Advanced Welding lab were made possible through a $1.6 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the US Department of Labor.
For more information on how to enroll in the Advanced Welding Program in Berlin or the courses in Littleton, visit www.wmcc.edu or call the admissions office at (603) 752-1113, ext. 3000.
This program is sponsored by (or in part by) a $19.97 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration TAACCCT Grant #TC-22504-11-60-A-33. The Community College System of NH is an equal opportunity employer, and adaptive equipment is available upon request to persons with disabilities.