CCAC bringing back “Midnight Welding” for the fall semester

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Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County is offering a night-shift Welding Technology program that will run from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Registration is open for the program, which begins September 6.

CCAC’s “Midnight Welding” program was first offered in 2010 in response to increased demand for welding classes at the college’s West Hills Center in Oakdale. The program offers an opportunity for incumbent workers, people with childcare concerns and others to train for a new career in just one semester. In 16 weeks, students who complete the course will be prepared to take the industry certification exam from the American Welding Society and will be ready for entry-level employment. Graduates of the program can also choose to pursue advanced certification at CCAC.

The program follows the same curriculum as CCAC's daytime Welding Technology program, which comprises six separate classes: Welding Fundamentals, Advanced Welding, Blueprint Reading for Welders, Preparation for Welding Certification, MIG & TIG Processes, and Brazing and Welding. The nighttime welding program can accommodate 16 students and may be a viable alternative for students who could not register for the daytime program, which is full.

The demand for welders in the region continues to be high, in part due to the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry’s wells and pipelines bringing employment opportunities for welders. In addition, an estimated 6,000 construction workers, including welders and pipefitters, will be needed to build the new Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, which is expected to employ 600 full-time employees once it’s operational.

For more information or to register for CCAC’s Midnight Welding program, call CCAC’s West Hills Center at 412.788.7500.

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates nearly 30,000 credit students through more than 150 degree, certificate, diploma and transfer programs and offers thousands of students access to noncredit and workforce development courses. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to approximately 500 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit www.ccac.edu to learn more.

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