TCC and Lively To Offer Evening Welding program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 2, 2013) – Tallahassee Community College and neighboring Lively Technical Center are teaming up to offer a postsecondary adult vocational (PSAV) certificate program in applied welding technologies starting January 22, 2013.

The new program will target adults who are interested in upgrading their current skills or acquiring a different skill set for a new occupation.

To better meet the needs of its prospective students, the class will be offered in the evening. Another plus for students is location. While classroom delivery will take place on TCC’s main campus, labs will be held at Lively’s state of the art welding laboratory.

“TCC is excited to partner with Lively Technical Center on a world class program for our students,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh. “By making their equipment and expertise available, students will receive the hands on training needed to prepare for welding careers.”

Added Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons, “This partnership will prepare individuals to enter the workforce in a high demand field. Leon County has a world class school system that extends beyond k-12 and this partnership is just another example of the great relationship between TCC and Leon County Schools.”

State of Florida data reflects that within Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties alone, welders will have a total positive growth of 3.08 percent and earned a mean wage of $13.84/hour and an entry level wage of $9.92/hour.

TCC’s program will prepare students for employment as welders, pipefitters, cutters and welding machine operators. Students who complete the certificate program will be eligible to receive a 10-Hour 1926 OSHA Card, apply for industry recognized certifications (National Center for Construction Education and Research) and sit for industry recognized welding exams leading to certification (American Welding Society).

The five-semester program, totaling 1,170 contact hours, begins January 22 and will be offered from 6-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. A limited number of seats are available.

For more information on this program, please contact Alison Denny, TCC Trades Program Coordinator, at (850) 201-6105 or e-mail