A new program at Parkland this fall will offer welding certification training without requiring additional general education courses, moving students more quickly into industry jobs.
The Industrial Welding Certificate program prepares students for entry-level work as a qualified welder. It provides 16 credit hours of skills-focused training designed to help program graduates successfully pass the American Welding Society's D1-1 certification test. Course topics cover basic/advanced gas metal and gas tungsten arc welding as well as review certification requirements.
Those completing the program would be appropriately skilled for beginner jobs at area manufacturers such as Litania Sports Group, Frasca International, Guardian West, and Alamo Group, which would help fill local industry workforce needs, according to Randy Fletcher, Parkland's dean of career and transfer programs.
Two program features provide attractive benefits to students. First, students get to learn and practice at Parkland's state-of-the-art welding facility, housed within its new Parkhill Applied Technology Center. The space holds 32 modern welding stations that conform to American Welding Society specifications and include an eco-friendly ventilation system.
Second, the certificate is considered a "stackable" one in that it allows students, if they so choose, to continue course study for more advanced certificates or degrees within Parkland's Industrial Technology program.
"Credential attainment is a primary indicator of student success," Fletcher said. "Stackable certificates like this one help students attain needed skills, allowing them to quickly enter or return to the workforce."
For more information about the new welding certificate, visit the welding web page