As a result of the demand for a properly trained workforce, the College and its local partners join together to offer a well-rounded training program. Starting in May, the Welding Training with an Oil and Gas Emphasis program will be offered through the College, Job Training for Beaver County, and PA CareerLink® Beaver County. Valued at $2500 per student, the program brings together employability skills training, basic welding skill training, gas and oil training, and natural gas classes. The welding portion combines Welder’s Helper training under the ShaleNET grant with 80 hours of additional welding training.

The ShaleNET grant targets veterans as well as individuals who are unemployed or underemployed. Family income is not taken into consideration for this program. 

Classes are scheduled for May 13 to June 21 at the College's Community Education Center in Monaca.  The six-week certificate program includes welding, spill prevention and reporting, fall protection, natural-gas basics, and natural-gas employability skills. Class members will earn certificates in IADC Rig Pass - SafeLand, basic first aid/CPR, defensive driving, aerial work platform and rough terrain forklift.

After completing the program, students are tested for two American Welding Society (AWS) certifications, Flux Cored Welding and Shielded Metal Arc Welding.

For more information, call 724-480-3567 or 724-480-3451.