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Welding program coming to TVCC-Palestine
Posted: 7/30/2013 9:36:50 AM
Courses to be offered at PWEC campus

   Students in the Palestine area who are looking to go into the welding field will soon be able to do so without the commute.
   Starting in August 2013, TVCC-Palestine is adding welding courses to the classes available at its Palestine Workforce Education Center (PWEC) campus.
   The new program is made possible with the help of a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant through the state.
   Over the summer, TVCC has worked with the city of Palestine to remodel an unfinished area of the PWEC. The center is located inside the Palestine Mall and is a collaborative effort between TVCC, the city of Palestine and other community partners.
   “We know there is a great need for trained welders in this area,” said TVCC-Palestine Provost Dr. Jeffrey Watson. “Many of the available jobs in this area are in the field of industrial maintenance or in other fields that require some welding, so we felt this was a good cornerstone program for the workforce education center.”
   TVCC is using part-time faculty for the first year with plans to hire a full-time instructor later. The newly remodeled facility has space for 14 welders and classes are set for both day and nighttime. Because the college received the grant during the summer months, said Watson, the remodel will stretch into the early months of the fall semester.
   The JET grant amount was $250,000. TVCC was required to match 5 percent of that amount in order to receive the funds.
   The college has been hosting courses at the PWEC for three years. Watson said that when TVCC applied for the JET grant, welding was the clear choice for the location.
   “We believe welding was the clear choice,” said Watson. “Not only is this helping workers in the community who need this skill set, but it has also opened up a dialogue with the high schools in the area and we will be working on offering some dual-credit technical training for our high school students as well.”
   For more information on programs in the Palestine area, log onto the college’s website at or call the Palestine campus at 903-729-0256.