Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (Eastern) today announced a Welding program beginning this fall. Classes begin September 5, 2017. Eastern’s welding program is a unique sponsored learning opportunity to help meet students’ educational goals. The program was developed in conjunction with Eastern’s Workforce Education division to give students both the classroom instruction and practical hands-on training needed to enter the workforce as an entry-level welder. The program combines practical hands-on training and education. The program can also serve as the foundation for advanced welding training. In this program, students learn to: Study blueprints, sketches, or specificationsCalculate dimensions to be weldedInspect structures or materials to be weldedIgnite torches or start power suppliesMonitor the welding process to avoid overheatingMaintain equipment and machinery “We’re offering this program as a result of local employers’ demand for skilled welders,” said Dennis McGann, Eastern welding instructor. “Job prospects for those who complete the program are excellent. Nationwide prospects for skilled welders are also favorable. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “skilled welders with up-to-date training should have good job opportunities.” Tuition for the 75-hour training program and supplies is $2,195 and the program will accommodate all skill levels. Funds to pay for the program may be available for those who qualify. For additional information on Eastern’s Welding program, please call Eastern at (304) 434-8000 extension 9253. About EWVCTCFor more information about Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s financial aid opportunities, programs of study, workforce training and community education and events, call toll free: 877-982-2322; or check the College’s website: “www.easternwv.edu”. Serving the residents of Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton and Tucker counties, and fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is a comprehensive and equal opportunity community and technical college bringing the resources and assets of education that works to the families, communities and employers of the Potomac Highlands. Eastern’s service district comprises 3,200 square miles over six counties in the rural Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia. Eastern is dedicated to the mission of providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities for academic as well as entrepreneur education and assistance for the Potomac Highlands Regional community.