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August 2016

School is in Session

School is in session or about to start in many regions around the country. Educators at every program level have been inquiring about U/LINC™, Lincoln Electric’s web-accessible complete welding and cutting curriculum package. Whether you have a new teacher struggling with classroom basics or an experienced instructor now tackling robotics or CNC plasma cutting technology, U/LINC™ contains the lesson plans, student activities and assessments your program requires to expand and succeed. Teach your trade – and let Lincoln Electric do the rest. MORE

Welding Safety – Job One for Welding Schools 

There’s nothing more important that the safety of your students. You already know you can rely on Lincoln Electric for welding equipment, electrodes and wire for each welding booth, but did you know we offer a full suite of welding safety products, videos and support materials as well? Turn to Lincoln Electric for fume equipment, respiratory protection, safety apparel, welding helmets, posters and more. MORE

Workshops for Warriors Puts a Focus on Advanced Manufacturing Training

This article from profiles Workshops for Warriors, a job retraining program targeting returning veterans. “Today we train veterans to make products, but tomorrow we will train them to train robots to make products”, said Tony Glockler, CEO of Solid Professor. “The United States has a skills gap, with more engineering and manufacturing jobs being created than skilled personnel are being trained to execute.” Veterans train in CAD, learning Solidworks®, as well as CNC machining and welding. The program is placing 94% of its graduates. MORE

Workforce Development Funds Going to Coal Communities

The Huntington News reported that the Obama administration is releasing $38.8 million to assist communities impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector. The awards will be administered by three different federal agencies in multiple states for 29 identified workforce development projects. MORE

Contrasting a Skilled Trades Education with a 4-Year Degree Education

We know students are under a lot of pressure to consider a 4-year degree, but it’s often not the best option. This Detroit Metro Times article cites a Harvard Graduate School of Education study that sheds some light on college success rates. Just 56% of 4-year college students complete a degree within six years. Only 29% of two-year degree students finish in three years. At four-year for-profit schools, 78% FAIL to earn a degree. And, over 22% of 4-year graduates are unemployed or underemployed. To top it off, a four-year degree costs an average $98,824, while skilled trade certificate students spend an average $33,000 to earn an average $35,720 and start their careers two years earlier! MORE

Sharon, PA Educators and Industry Partner on Summer Welding Academy

Photo by Cory Byknish of The Herald, Sharon, PA.

Last week, recently graduated high school students completed a 6-week, 90-hour program put together by regional government, employers and schools. The Sumer Welding Academy, hosted by Laurel Technical Institute in Sharon, PA, gave a number of area students a leg up toward a career in welding. Students earned an AWS D1.1 endorsement and local employers attended the graduation ceremony to recruit program graduates directly into open positions. MORE


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