SFCC to offer 16-week Structural Welding Skills Certificate

December 4, 2012

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State Fair Community College is accepting applications for a new 16-week Structural Welding Skills Certificate program.

The fast-track program will meet from 1-6 p.m. four days a week for 16 weeks on the Sedalia campus. Tuition is free for eligible students. The program starts Jan. 14; prospective students should apply by Dec. 19 for best consideration. A maximum of 16 students will be accepted for each session.

The 17-credit-hour program is part of SFCC’s metals technology with emphasis in welding program and includes instruction and hands-on experience. Students will study oxy/acetylene welding and cutting, shielded metal arc welding (stick), gas metal arc welding (mig), gas tungsten arc welding (tig), and plasma arc cutting.

All welding procedures follow American Welding Society (AWS) guidelines. The program meets the needs of both beginning and experienced welders who are seeking certification. Primary instructor will be Allen Strange, a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Educator (CWE).

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Skills Certificate from SFCC and will be eligible to take up to 12 AWS certification exams. Certifications from AWS are nationally and internationally recognized and give students a competitive edge during job searches.

Mark Kelchner, dean of Technical Education and Workforce Innovation, said SFCC is offering the fast-track program because the demand is high for welders and the college’s traditional format welding programs continue to be full.

“We want to be innovative to meet the demand by offering this certificate in an accelerated format so students can get through quicker and get to work faster,” said Kelchner.

This program is offered at SFCC through MoManufacturingWINs, a statewide training network funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program. The Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) and a nine-member consortium of public two-year colleges are collaborating to implement a rigorous certification training model endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Programs offered through the MoManufacturingWINs network will enable students to earn industry-recognized credentials that validate students’ mastery of skills in specific areas of manufacturing. MCCA serves as the grant management and oversight agent. St. Louis Community College serves as the grant fiscal agent.

Prospective students must meet specific eligibility requirements and submit a separate eligibility form in addition to the SFCC admissions application and application fee.

For more information about the certificate, courses and descriptions, download the 16-Week Structural Welding guide sheet at www.sfccmo.edu/welding. For the application package, visit www.sfccmo.edu/applications or contact Ginger Champion, admissions and advisement specialist, at vchampion@sfccmo.edu or (660) 596-7411.

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