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12-20-2010 -- CCAC Midnight Welding course begins Jan. 10
PITTSBURGH-For a second year, the Community College of Allegheny
County (CCAC) is offering a welding course in a creative time slot:
11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Registration is
still open for the classes beginning January 10.
CCAC's "Midnight Welding" course was first offered a year ago in
response to increased demand for the welding lab at the college's
West Hills Center in Oakdale. The lab was full six days a week
throughout the traditional class day and evening, so adding the
night shift was a logical next step. It is also an opportunity for
incumbent workers, people with childcare concerns or others who
thrive late at night.
All of the 16 men and women who enrolled in the first course
passed the industry certification exam from the American Welding
Society. Eleven were employed within four months of the end of the
course, and one graduate was continuing his studies in heating and
air conditioning at CCAC.
In the City of Bridges, welding is a high-demand field. In the
2008 Southwestern PA Manufacturing Industry Partnership Welding
Outcomes Report, the International Association of Machinists and
Steamfitters Local 449 reports that "there exists a shortage of
welders throughout both industries, there will be significant
retirements over the next few years, resulting in a shortage of
skilled welders, and that it is difficult to attract people to the
The Marcellus Shale natural gas industry's wells and pipelines
bring additional employment opportunities for welders. CCAC has
added a pipe welding course to the welding curriculum in response
to the growth of this industry.
The spring "midnight welding" course incorporates the same
curriculum as CCAC's other welding certificate courses. It
comprises six separate classes beginning January 10 and running
through June, including Welding Fundamentals, Advanced Welding,
Blueprint Reading for Welders, Prep for Welding Certification, MIG
& TIG Processes and Brazing and Welding. At the close of the
course, learners will be prepared to sit for trades examinations to
enter Local 449.
For more information on the CCAC Welding Technology program,
call 412.237.3100 or visit www.ccac.edu, search keyword
About CCACThe Community College of Allegheny County is the largest
institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The
college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and
certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning
non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students
annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed
to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach
through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered
via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four
campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding
communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide
affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse
and supportive learning environment that prepares the region's
residents for academic, professional and personal success in our
changing global society.