RCC to launch new welding program in Westmoreland County

RCC Workforce's welding program

RCC Workforce will soon offer welding classes at a facility in Montross, Virginia with the support from a grant awarded by GO Virginia.

Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce Development division will soon offer welding classes at a facility in Montross, Virginia with the support from a grant awarded by GO Virginia, an economic initiative whose purpose is to create jobs with a “collaboration between business, education, and government.”

RCC Workforce currently runs classes in partnership with the Northern Neck Technical Center, presently with 30 students enrolled. This new grant will fund the development of welding courses in the Westmoreland County Industrial Park (80 Industrial Park Drive) which will be available during the day.

The new site in Montross is expected to be complete and tentatively open for training on September 17, 2018.

This is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in welding for a living, says RCC Workforce’s director, Dr. Jason Perry.

“While we do send a great many of our graduates to the shipyard in Newport News, there are many, many other local employers who are seeking qualified welders, including East Coast Boat Lifts in Urbanna, Miller Marine in Deltaville, Potomac Supply in Kinsale and Carry-On Trailer in Montross.  Many of these jobs offer beginning salaries of $18 per hour.”

Perry also notes that the demand for welders is expected to increase over 14% from now to 2024.

“We’re in a great position to offer training on the right skills where students can earn an industry-recognized credential to snag one of those great-paying welding jobs,” says Perry.

Perry also says that much of this training can be nearly tuition-free, thanks to an additional grant from Virginia’s Community Colleges, known as the “Fast Forward” program. These funds can pay for many welding classes, which will offset many of the fees and tuition costs associated with the program.

Those interested in becoming a welder and taking part in the new training available in Montross should call 804-333-6828 for complete details.