Welding Training for Women

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 Basic Welding students will learn principles of welding and safety considerations on the job. This course focuses on developing wire feed, tungsten inert gas (TIG), gas metal arc (MIG), and shielded metal arc (stick) welding (SWAW) and applied blue print reading will also be covered.

-Start a career in welding with just 120 hours of industry certified training from Pine Technical & Community College. 
-Introductory course - no experience required.
-Welding professionals earn an average of $16-$18 in our region.
-Employers are looking for candidates now!

For more information, contact Kris Hanson at 320.629.4568 or hansonk@pine.edu. Or visit pine.edu.

Classes begin July 17.  FREE for qualified applicants.


April 12, 2017

Contact: Shawnda Schelinder, 320-629-5114, SchelinderS@pine.edu  


Grant funds offer welding training to women

PINE CITY, Minn. – A Minnesota DEED grant aims to provide high skill training to more than 80 women in the region.  Pine Technical and Community College was awarded $329,000 to provide welding training to economically disadvantaged women as part of the $35 million Equity Grants approved by the Minnesota Legislature.

Facilitated through the PTCC's Employment and Training Center, the project will train 84 women in a basic welding class, providing the women with wraparound services before during and after completion of the program.

"There is a demand for certified welders in the region, with wages from $16 to $18 an hour," said ETC Executive Director Dwayne Green. "Regionally, women hold only 6.5% of those jobs. We see this project as a means to fill that gap and provide women in our community with high-wage jobs."

The project will provide 120 hours of training in basic welding and industry certification to qualified participants within the region. Additionally, students who need to obtain a GED or brush up on Adult Basic Education will get assistance from St Croix River Education District (SCRED). Participants will also receive additional student support services throughout their training program and assistance with job placement when they complete.

In addition to the DEED funds, PTCC will contribute $130,000 to the project in order to purchase a mobile welding training center. "We have a long term goal to be able to support the industry needs in our region, as well as provide high-wage, high-demand jobs for our community," PTCC President Joe Mulford. "The mobile welding training center will provide for the training needs of hundreds of students in the years to come."

The college seeks to raise $60,000 through industry and individual contributions, with Minnesota State matching the funds dollar for dollar through leveraged funding. The funds will be used to procure a mobile welding training center with 12 welding stations.

"Beyond this grant, we plan to meet the training needs in our region by bringing the mobile welding lab right to their place of business," said Mulford. "This will enable us to provide customized training throughout our community without placing the burden of transportation costs and commuting time on those who would seek to broaden their skill sets."

The college anticipates it will raise funds to purchase and outfit the welding trailer by early July, with a projected start time of late summer for the first class.

"We are confident in this model," Green said of providing the wraparound services and training to those who qualify. "We recently completed a Pathways to Prosperity grant that provided welding training to both men and women. We had great success with those participants, and we realized we could serve a greater share of our community if we purchased our own mobile welding training center."

Women who are interested in participating in the grant may contact Kris Hanson at hansonk@pine.edu or Jane Robbins at robbinsj@pine.edu to find out if they qualify.

Businesses and individuals who would like to make a tax-deductible financial contribution may contact Jane Robbins at robbinsj@pine.edu.

Pine Technical & Community College, established in 1965 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves more than 1,900 students and awards certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. PTCC is a proud member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which is comprised of 31 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves more than 270,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 150,000 students in noncredit courses. For more information about PTCC’s programs, including information regarding how to apply call 320-629-5100 or online at www.pine.edu.

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