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College offering new welding certificate
A local college is launching a new certificate program for welding jobs.
Grand Rapids Community College will launch the one-semester program the this fall to help students quickly get the welding skills needed to enter the workforce.
While GRCC’s existing welding technology certificate program teaches the fundamentals over one year, the new program is designed to teach fundamental skills in one full-time semester.
Graduates of the program can gain entry-level welding positions in the manufacturing, petroleum, aerospace, automation and medical fields.
Associate Professor John Doneth said GRCC crafted the new program with student feedback.
“Typically, our students are working and going to school,” Doneth said. “Because most of our students are not full time, everything takes longer. This new certificate was created, because our students come to GRCC to quickly get some skills and go to work.”
The credits will also count toward the welding technology certificate and the two-year associate of applied arts and sciences in welding technology.
Doneth said welders are in demand in West Michigan, and the new program is designed to meet the need.
“Over the next decade, 20 percent of workers in metal fabrication are expected to retire,” Doneth said.
Those interested in program can contact GRCC at manufacturing at grcc dot edu.