Classes will meet in the evenings and on Saturdays, in Beeville, enabling students to graduate in half of the standard time.
“This is an opportunity for the college to get people trained quickly so they can get right to work,” said Michael Kane, Director of Workforce Education. “Welders are needed now in construction, oil field exploration and petrochemical industries.”
The program is limited to 16 students. Admission is based on available funding. Tuition is fully funded through a grant from WorkSource of the Coastal Bend. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have a level one certificate. Recruiters from local industry employers will visit students and assist with finding employment.
Recent graduates currently are working in Beeville, Alice, Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, Freer, Dallas and San Diego. Many graduates have gone to the northern states to work on pipelines. Level one certified welders work in fabrication and assembly of vessels, common fabrication, farm welding, oil field, pipeline welding, overseas welding and metal art fabrication.
Registration for this special program is open now. Students, who have a high school diploma or GED, are required to be physically able to stand for long periods of time and life 50 pounds. Applicants must commit to the full 16 weeks.
Classes will be held Mondays through Thursdays, 5-11 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., every week until February.
To register, contact Coastal Bend College Admission and Registration at (361) 354-2245. For more information about welding, contact Johnny Moreno at (361) 354-2571.