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TCC to offer evening welding program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 17, 2013) - Tallahassee Community College has announced the second offering of its postsecondary adult vocational (PSAV) certificate program in Applied Welding Technologies—beginning August 26, 2013.
Students in the inaugural class of the program will have completed 50 percent of the program by 2013 fall semester and the College wants to extend the opportunity to train in this occupation to more individuals.
The Applied Welding Technologies program targets adults who are interested in upgrading their current skills or acquiring a different skill set for a new occupation—while affording them the opportunity to remain employed during the day. Another plus for students is location. While classroom delivery will take place on TCC’s main campus, the welding lab will be held at Lively Technical Center’s state-of-the-art welding laboratory.  Additionally, eligible students may receive federal financial aid.
State of Florida employment data reflects that welders statewide will have positive growth and earned a mean wage of $17.86/hour and an entry level wage of $12.60/hour.  According to the US Department of Labor, welding is classified as a “green occupation” and future employment opportunities are expected to grow rapidly over the next several years.  
TCC’s program will prepare students for employment as welders, pipefitters, cutters and welding machine operators. Students who complete the certificate program will be eligible to receive a 10-Hour 1926 OSHA Card, apply for industry recognized certifications (National Center for Construction Education and Research) and sit for industry recognized welding exams leading to certification (American Welding Society).
The five-semester program, totaling 1,170 contact hours, begins August 26 and will be offered from 6-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. A limited number of seats are available.
For more information on this program, please contact TCC Trades Program at (850) 201-8760 or e-mail
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