New welding training will lead to certification
Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady this week announced new welding training at Grundy County High School provided by Chattanooga State Community College.
Mayor Brady says he continues to focus on efforts to increase opportunities for in-demand skills in Grundy County and is pleased to announce the first 80-hour Introduction to Welding course to be offered at Grundy County High School beginning April 11.
Last year, Grundy County received the Governor’s ThreeStar Award for Performance, Accountability, and Efficiency. Funds were utilized to help purchase additional equipment to enhance the welding lab at Grundy County High School.
On March 28, the Grundy County Board of Education voted to approve the use of the Grundy County High School’s welding lab for formal welding training leading to an American Welding Society Certification. Chattanooga State’s Economic and Workforce Development Department has hired Grundy County School’s CTE Welding Instructor, Robin Dykes, to provide the part-time classroom training. The course is scheduled to run from April 11 – June 13, with classes held every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (except for Memorial Day), from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Welding program at GCHS will be for adults interested in receiving work-ready training for high-demand welding occupations. Individuals interested in training can seek help with funding through the Marion County American Job Center located in Jasper. Individuals who are interested in tuition assistance should contact Career Specialist, Jim Vinson immediately at 423- 837-9103 (office) or 423- 463-2335 (mobile) for an appointment to complete the enrollment process.
This opportunity has been made possible by a collaboration of the following: Grundy County Government; Grundy County Board of Education and Grundy County Schools, the Southeast Tennessee Local Workforce Development Board; Chattanooga State Community College, and the American Job Center.
Mayor Brady also stated that the new welding training aligns with Governor Lee’s rural development initiative and will strengthen workforce and economic development opportunities for Grundy County.