Chipola College is now accepting students the Applied Welding program.
The program is 1,170 clock-hours which can be completed in approximately one year. Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Financial aid is available for those who qualify with special consideration for veterans. Prospective welding students must earn a minimum score on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
Chipola’s welding program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN). Chipola, L. B. Wallace, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and Wallace Community College formed the consortium that was awarded $10 million in a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. The purpose of the grant is to support colleges that provide training for advanced manufacturing jobs. Each college shares a portion of the grant to implement a mobile welding technology program on their campus.
"We are excited about the opportunities this new welding program will provide for the citizens in our district,” said Darwin Gilmore, Chipola Dean of Workforce and Economic Opportunity. “Welding is a targeted occupation that offers high wages and excellent benefits for trained welders."
The Chipola project will utilize state-of-the-art welding equipment, hybrid learning, mobile welding units, simulation technologies, and open education resources to expand learning opportunities, especially in rural areas.
Welding instructor Curtis Jenkins, says, “Workforce Florida projects annual growth of 13,500 jobs in advanced manufacturing and construction, with 75% requiring postsecondary training. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (ADIR) lists welding among Alabama’s “Hot 40 Jobs” with expected annual growth of more than 2% through 2018.”
• Must be at least 17 years of age, and must turn 18 years of age before achieving OCP A-Welder, Helper - in order to be eligible for hire by industry
• Must submit completed One-Stop Paperwork
• Must submit completed Admission Application with copies of the appropriate residency documents.