Coffeyville Community College will begin a new cooperative effort with local industry to train welders at both the Coffeyville and Columbus Campuses this summer. The Workforce Aligned with Industry Demand (Workforce AID) training program will provide intensive technology training for workers and link them to industry partners seeking to hire welders. The Kansas Department of Commerce is implementing Workforce AID pilot training projects around the state to align workforce shortfalls with industry demand. Students who qualify through KANSASWORKS, will receive a full scholarship from the Department of Commerce to complete the program.
CCC will conduct a 6-week training program called WELD (Work-ready Engaged Leaders in Demand). Successful candidates of the WELD program will learn soft skills; basic computer, English and math skills; and basic welding skills through classroom lecture, field trips and hands-on activities. Students will receive their American Welders Society (AWS) – Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Certification and their AWS-Fluxed Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) Certification and OSHA 10 certifications upon successful completion of the training.
The curriculum for the WELD program was developed under the guidance of representatives from local industry such as Jensen International, Inc., M&M Engineered Products, Watco, Tank Connection, and CST Industries.
The training program for welders will begin June 2 and run through July 11 in Coffeyville. At the Columbus Technical Campus classes will run June 16- July 25. There will be no cost to students. Students will attend training Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students will have job shadowing opportunities and will be guaranteed an interview with local industry. Welders with local industry can earn $10 to $18 per hour plus benefits.
To enroll in WELD, contact Yvonne Hull at Coffeyville Community College (620.252.7550 X27 or [email protected]). Pre-assessment tests and registration with KANSASWORKS is required before enrollment.