Welding Class Helps Unemployed People Start Careers

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

A Workforce Development grant is helping unemployed people find work in a skilled labor sector that's in need of workers.

Central Community College Welding Coordinator/Trainer Russ Moore says companies across the country are short on welders.

"Everybody that can weld is welding and they're having to take people and train them with no experience at all," says Moore.

Moore says a Nebraska Workforce Development Synergy grant pays for unemployed and underemployed people to take a four week basic welding class. He says the result will hopefully be a skilled worker in a good paying job.

"We're giving them the very basics here, they're getting basic welding and basic blueprint reading in the hopes that they can go into a Case or a Standard Iron and then be able to be entry level," says Moore.

Students were getting interview opportunities with those very companies on Wednesday with in-class interviews.

David Snell says he's been welding for about eight years, but says having certification will help him earn better jobs.

"This is a very big crash course [you] take in a lot of knowledge in a small short amount of time," says Snell. "There's a lot of test involved and I think that anyone who has an opportunity should look into it."

The class is taught in English and Spanish, and students like Jose Lom and Jorge Cespedes say that's going to help them.

"It's a good opportunity to improve myself to find another job and it will help a lot to find a job," says Cespedes.

Moore says the fact that the class, books, and materials are paid for through Workforce Development makes it an affordable option.

"There's no cost to the students, so it's a great opportunity for someone, you know especially unemployed who can't afford the $1600 to come to the class," he says.

Moore says another class begins on June 18 in Grand Island and July 16 in Lexington.

To find out more about earning your welding certification, contact your local Workforce Development office.

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