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Northwest-Shoals Community College

Advanced Welding Technology Program 

In the fall semester of 2005 the welding program at Northwest-Shoals Community College was a part time program and met only in the evenings from 5:00pm-10:00pm, Monday-Thursday.   With this limited amount of training time, part-time instructors, and the lack of resources to acquire high tech equipment, our trainees were receiving the very basic skill requirements needed to begin a welding career. The original welding facility was opened in the early 1970ís and had experienced limited modification over the years.  The equipment was functional but outdated.  Student numbers were low and the program was reduced to pat time standing. 

With gratitude to the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, a Community Based Job Training grant was awarded to NWSCC welding program.  With this partnership established, NWSCC began taking measures to enhance its existing welding program in to a state-of-the art, high tech industrial training facility.  The goal was to provide training equipment, certified instructors, and a curriculum in place that would give students several pathways of training, including but not limited to, two week short term training, certificate, Associate of Occupational Technology degree, and advanced certification in specialized areas.


 Thanks to the partnership between USDOL/ETA and NWSCC we now have one of the finest welding/ manufacturing training programs in the country.  At the present we are busy training the populace of this community for manufacturing jobs.