BSCTC launches accelerated welding program

Staff Report

PAINTSVILLE – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC), in conjunction with its Workforce Solutions division and the Kentucky Coal Academy, have launched an accelerated welding program on its Mayo campus.

The six-month program will provide students with an industry-recognized national Skills Standard I certificate from the American Welding Society (AWS).

“This comprehensive training will give students 700 lab hours with highly-credentialed faculty in state-of-the-art facilities,” said Kelli Hall, dean of career education and workforce development at BSCTC. The college just completed phase I of a $1.5 million renovation to its welding facility. This includes 24 state-of-the-art welding stations and ventilation system.

Students will learn all aspects of welding, including Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Stick Welding, Blueprint Reading, OSHA 30 Certification and CPR and First-Aid Certification.

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Additionally, miners who have been laid off may be eligible for retraining through the Kentucky Coal Academy.

For more information or to register, contact Danny Tonkin, director of business and industry, at (606) 788-2812 or email [email protected]

Staff Report

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