SOMERSET, Ky. – Adair County adults can now begin earning certification for gas metal arc welding by taking classes here in the county.
The Workforce Solutions Department at Somerset Community College, in partnership with Adair County Schools and the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, will offer a gas metal arc welding class for adult learners from Monday, March 14 through Friday May 6.
The class is the first of five classes that will lead to the gas metal arc welding certificate offered by Somerset Community College.
“Our partnership between Adair County Schools and Somerset Community College represents an important milestone in workforce development for Adair and surrounding counties,” said school superintendent Alan Reed. “The class, held on the campus of Adair County Schools, will produce immediate returns for adults across our county and region who have a desire to learn a high demand welding trade featuring robotics.”
The class teaches students the practical application and manipulative skills of gas metal arc welding and the proper safety situations needed in this process. Both ferrous and non-ferrous metals will be covered, as well as various joint designs on plate in all positions.
Students also learn about the identification, inspection, and maintenance of GMAW machines; the identification, selection, and storage of GMAW electrodes; and the principles of GMAW and the effects of variables on the GMAW process.
Class will begin Monday night, March 14 and will meet every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for eight weeks. The course instructors are Karl Watson, associate professor of welding at Somerset Community College, and Scott Stringer, instructional specialist of welding at Somerset Community College.
“This first class for adults will also set the stage for full, two-year degree programs in high paying technical degrees through the KCTCS system and Somerset Community College through a partnership with Adair County Schools,” Reed said.
The classes will be held at the Adair County Vocational Agriculture Shop adjacent to the new satellite welding facility located behind Adair County High School.
Upon successful completion of this class, students will receive the Welder Helper Certificate from Somerset Community College. The cost for the class is $775.
Students will be responsible for providing their own welding protective equipment and purchasing a textbook.
To find out more about the welding class or to enroll in the class, contact Karen Plagge, coordinator of career services, at 606-451-6786. All students will be required to complete the Somerset Community College admissions application, submit high school and any college transcripts, and ACT or COMPASS test scores.
Students may contact the Lake Cumberland Area Development District to see if they qualify for possible financial assistance with the tuition and books. Contact Lisa Gosser at Lisag@lcadd.org or phone number 270-866-4200.