Courtesy of Greene County Career and Technology Center

Robert Wise, a senior in Greene County CTC’s welding fabrication program, prepares a plate for a vertical weld.

WAYNESBURG – Due to the success of their first round of adult courses, the Greene County Career and Technology Center is set to expand their options this fall.

In partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County’s south campus engineering department and the Washington County center, CTC will begin offering welding technology courses in October.

Director Mark Krupa said the move is a plus for the area and the effort would mean “job training in Greene County, for Greene County.”

The plan is to offer two classes, welding fundamentals and advanced welding, this fall, and expand the options next spring if all goes well. Participants will leave with entry-level welding skills, as well as two American Welding Society certificates. Testing for the credentials is built into the course.

And through Southwest Training Services, eligible students could have their classes fully paid for. Those interested can visit CareerLink to see if they qualify.

Adult education coordinator Jennifer Nix will be on hand to answer questions about the program at two upcoming information sessions, on Monday and Oct. 11 at CTC from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CCAC and Southwest Training Services staff will both also attend to assist with the application process.

Nix said that several displaced workers are looking for this type of training. Krupa agreed, adding that employers are also in need of this expertise, resulting in a skills gap: people are looking for work and jobs are open, but the two aren’t being connected due to a lack of proper training. The career center wants to fill that need.

Back by popular demand are two evening adult classes: computer use for everyday life and culinary arts. Nix said that the career center couldn’t accommodate the community’s interest, with each spot filled and even waiting lists. The classes made for a fun, creative atmosphere. New this year is also a ServSafe certification that begins Oct. 10 for those interested manager training and certification or Oct. 31 for recertification.

Nix said that topics are new, so even those that took classes earlier this year could learn something. Dan Wagner’s cooking classes will cover appetizers, lobster, Cajun, pasta and more. Computer classes will touch on Microsoft Office, social media, email and other basics to computer navigation.

Since ServSafe is necessary for employment in many food-related careers, Krupa said the idea is that those interested in entering this industry can receive the training ahead of time, making them more attractive to employers.

Looking ahead, the career center is hoping to partner with Washington Health System to offer EMT training. In talks with the school’s workforce investment board, local employers have said that they have a “hard time getting enough employees” for these positions, Krupa said. The school wants to support the community and offer courses residents are interested in.

“That will be the future of the program,” he said. “We’re here to serve the community.”

For more information or to sign up, contact Nix at 724-627-3106 ex. 236 or nixj@greenectc.org. Those interested in the welding program can apply online at ccac.edu or call the Washington location at 724-223-1012.

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