Twelve students completed an 8-week training program for welder’s helper with natural gas industry emphasis and are prepared to enter the workforce. A partnership between Western Area Career and Technology Center, who provided the welding instruction, and the College, the program provided low-cost training that matches employer needs.

With the growing need for a local, skilled workforce, Community College of Beaver County continues to train unemployed or underemployed workers to prepare them for the many job opportunities in the gas and oil industry as well as manufacturing fields.  Funded by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program, a Department of Labor grant that provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, the program brings together employability skill training, welding skill training, gas and oil training, and natural gas classes as well as resume preparation assistance, mock interviewing, and job search assistance.