Left to right: Victor Pena Jr., Benjamin Henry Jr., Raul Almeida and Vanguardy-Sentinel welding instructor James Baker.
Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP) congratulates its first group of Ready to Work Youth Program participants in Sandusky County to earn certifications in welding.
Raul Almeida, Benjamin Henry Jr., Victor Pena Jr., and Dane Rodrigues, all earned certificates through the 10-week welding and metal fabrication course at Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Center. Students earned their American Welding Society credentials and 10-hour OSHA cards as part of their successful completion of the course.
Course costs for students were funded by the GLCAP Ready to Work Youth Program. With AWS +credentials, graduates will now be able to apply for entry-level welding careers, and will also be able to further their education should they choose.
“We are proud of our graduates for sticking with the program and earning their credentials,” Ready to Work Career Coach Patty Hall said.
The U.S. Department of Labor views welding as a growing industry, especially given that national infrastructure such as bridges and buildings will need replaced in the coming years.
“The outlook is promising for welding,” Hall said. “Credentials will help set up our students with a good foundation for their future careers.”
The GLCAP Ready to Work Youth Program is funded by Department of Job and Family Services Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program/ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funding.
For more information on the GLCAP Ready to Work program, click here or call 1-800-775-9767.