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
"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.