CCAC Welding Technology graduates complete program in Venango County

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-A class of 13 students recently received certificates in the evening Welding Technology program at the Venango Technology Center (VTC) in Oil City, Pa. The program was coordinated among VTC, the Keystone Community Education Council (KCEC) and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

Each student earned 18 transferable college credits as well as welding certifications from CCAC. Of the 13 graduates, nine students earned multiple welding credentials, for a total of 57 credentials earned. All students also received OSHA 10 certification, an online training course that teaches recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The students also received training in running a forklift.

"This is a unique opportunity for students in our area, because they can get these college credits for a fraction of the cost they would pay elsewhere," said Lance Hummer, executive director of KCEC. Through grants, many of the students were able to attend the program at no cost.

The evening Welding Technology program has been offered at the VTC since 2009 with the same lead instructor, Travis Crate, of CCAC. Many of the students secured welding positions immediately upon completion of the program.

"CCAC has been working with the Keystone Community Education Council and the VTC for the past 10 years. We have been pleased to offer these opportunities to individuals in the Northern Tier and are very proud of the students who have graduated," said David Young, associate dean of Academic Affairs at CCAC North Campus.

The 16-week program is held in the spring, Monday to Thursday, from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. Due to growing interest in the program, another cohort may be added this fall.

Students who are interested in registering or who want to find out more about the workforce development programs offered by KCEC, should call 814.677.4427.

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