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April 2016

It’s BOGO Time on Lincoln Electric Educational Trainers

Now through June 15, 2016, we are offering a BUY ONE, GET MANY opportunity on select Educational Trainers systems.  For this short time, schools and industry purchasing a REALWELD trainer can get a Power Wave® C300 advanced welding power source, Miniflex® fume system and the 18 in. weld fixtures upgrade at no additional cost ($15,000 value). Similarly, if you order a premium VRTEX® 360 system now, we’ll include all FIVE of our Extensions™ Upgrade packages that deliver a bundle of enhanced functionality and virtual environments ($20,000 value).  Now is the time to equip your school at a substantial savings. MORE

U/LINC™ Welding Education Curriculum – A Comprehensive Solution

We are excited to launch, a sleek, new mobile-ready web site educators can use to explore what U/LINC is, how encompassing its topics and resources are, and how it will help instructors, students and administrators in the classroom, lab and boardroom. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with U/LINC. It will save you a lot of time in the long run. MORE

Skills Gap Hurts the Housing Market     

This insightful article from Fortune magazine indicates the shortage of construction workers is delaying building projects, shrinking housing, commercial and industrial building inventory and helping to drive up the cost of homes and construction projects. MORE

Prisoners Prepare For a Second Chance     

A day for more than 200 prisoners at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional facility in Ionia, Michigan is much fuller than you might think. In what the facility calls the Vocational Village, inmates attend full day classes and plenty of hands-on training, including virtual reality welding simulation and actual lab welding. All residents of the Vocational Village are within two years of release. No additional funding was required. Misconduct is dramatically reduced, reducing stress on the staff and prisoners. Michigan is looking to expand the program to other facilitiesMORE 

Houston-area College makes it Easy to Sample College and Careers

This article on Chron profiles San Jacinto College, which offers a series of noncredit courses that allow uneasy adult students to try their hand at a skilled trade, including welding. Some options are offered at no cost to the applicant and are covered by grants from government or industry. Companies are participating to gain access as early as possible to trained workers that have achieved certification; with the option to send them back later for additional training. MORE 

White House Announces $100M Workforce Development Grant Program

The federal administration is preparing to roll out the America’s Promise Grants program distributing $100M to community colleges that develop tuition-free opportunities for unemployed, underemployed and low-income residents. Employers are encouraged to partner with local colleges to offer work-based learning and paid internships in skilled trades. MORE

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