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Enrollment for welding program underway

On Tuesday members from Lorain County Community College and the Ohio Strategic Training Center had an informational session for potential enrollees in a new welding training program that will be offered at the OSTC.

The welding training program is the result of a three-way partnership between LCCC, OSTC, and Ohio University Southern. The program will last 32 weeks, split into two 16-week semesters, and graduates of the program will receive certification in various types of welding.

“We need people who can weld,” said David Sanders, vice president of Engines Inc. a company located at The Point industrial park. “Welding is a good career that can open up several doors for employment not just with us, or this area but all over.”

The partnership with local companies was a point of emphasis for OSTC director Dr. Scott Howard.

“This program really excites me,” Howard said. “I mean it’s just so exciting because it is partnered with local businesses looking for local workers so our students will have a great chance to find work.”

Classes for the program are scheduled to begin on May 5, and student applications are currently being accepted with enrollment for the program being conducted on a first come first serve basis.

“There are 16 spots open for the initial class beginning in May,” Tamara Jenkins, from LCCC, said. “If we have more then 16 people looking to enroll that is a good thing. Those people won’t be left out. They may have to wait a little longer but we are hoping to have another round of classes starting up in June.”

Those interested in enrolling in the program should contact the OSTC at 740-377-4550 or by visiting the website ohioweld.com.