Chipola College launched a new state of the art welding program just in time for the Spring 2014 semester. In just one year students have the opportunity to gain welding certification which can set them on track to be in high demand when they enter the work field.
Chipola College and five other schools split a ten million dollar grant that supports colleges offering training for advanced manufacturing jobs. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant provided Chipola College with a new state of the art welding center.
Students receive nationally recognized certification NCCER Core Curriculum Certification. The program takes one year to complete with classes four days a week and seven hours a day.
According to Welding Professor Patrick Kennedy, by bringing this program to Marianna jobs and industry may follow, "One big problem with industry is and where industry locates is where industry looks at the workforce. So if industry says well, there are not enough trained workforce in this area then we are not going to locate to this area. So, by having trained welders in an area this will help to bring business into an area."
Workforce Florida projects of over thirteen thousand jobs a year in advanced manufacturing and construction fields will open up in the state.