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Military veterans learning trade
Bluffton Today
Ask almost any area manufacturer — JCB, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems or Gulfstream — what skills they need most and welding is likely to be high on the list. Ask those same companies what they look for in a new hire, and military veteran jumps to the top of that list. In that vein, the Department of Labor's Coastal Workforce Investment Board and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 188 have joined forces to provide a free, 18-week course in high-tech welding to veterans.
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July 23-25, 2014
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The American Welding Society has created a conference program that answers questions on the essential requirements to become an accredited testing facility. Conference topics include skill training, curriculum strategies, advanced e-learning strategies and many other topics. Educational institutions, corporate trainers and educators are all encouraged to attend.

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Company to hold job fair in Minden
The Associated Press via DailyComet
Industrial trailer manufacturer Clement Industries plans a job fair June 11 at the Northwest Louisiana Technical College campus in Minden.
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Ferris State looks to spend up to $275,000 to hire firm to design welding, manufacturing facility
MLive Media Group
Ferris State University in Michigan plans on spending up to $275,000 to hire a firm to design plans for a 30,000-square-foot addition to the school's welding and manufacturing building. Ferris wants to refurbish and expand the Swan Building Annex so it can increase the number of students in its welding and manufacturing programs. The university is looking to fund part of the $30 million project through the state's capital outlay program.
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Manufacturing next generation of workers
Coshocton Tribune
Mayor Steve Mercer said one factor in keeping manufacturers in the area is providing the next generation of workers the businesses need. At a recent city council work session, Mercer said his administration is working with the Coshocton Port Authority, Coshocton County Career Center, Ohio Means Jobs of Coshocton County, Coshocton Rotary Club and Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office to provide a summer manufacturing camp.
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Students get more than just class credits in DHS welding program
The Galveston County Daily News
The Dickinson ISD Vision Statement states: "Continue to implement Rigor/Relevance/Relationships in order to improve academic performance, eliminate achievement gaps and instill in all students the ability to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners who are college and career ready." This is exactly what the Dickinson High School welding program accomplishes. With the ability to graduate high school with up to 13 certifications, students are able to go directly into the work force and make $75 an hour.
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No pipe dream here; school pays students
Chicago Sun-Times
Notre Dame accepted 22 percent of those who applied last year. Northwestern University, more exclusive, accepted 13.9 percent. For the Pipe Fitters' Training Center, run by Local Union 597, the acceptance figure is 10 percent. Naturally, people want in. For those so inclined, it's a sweet deal. Unlike Notre Dame, Northwestern, et al, you do not pay the school to learn. Au contraire. They pay you: $18.40 an hour, out of the box, your first year of apprenticeship, rising to $29.90 an hour by your third year. At graduation you are earning an even $46 an hour. There is a big catch, however, one that we will get to later.
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Onaway business opens welding school to fill job demands
With a growing need in manufacturing, welding has become one of the most in demand jobs in the country. To keep up with the demand and quality of work required from their clients, Moran Iron Works in Michigan spent more than $1 million to open the Industrial Arts Institute.
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A canvas of a different type: P.C. welding students become artists
Sequim Gazette
Amazing things happen to metal when it is put in the hands of an artist and the artist also happens to be a welder. At Peninsula College, three welding students are channeling their technical and creative talents into breathtaking pieces of art and redefining welding as a career.
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Chasing a welding dream
It's a weekend a local family won't soon forget. An area student gives her family a life changing surprise during her graduation ceremony, and it all started with a dream and a little bit of hope. "I never dreamed of this and I'm just so blessed to have it." Yadira Mendoza has taken chasing a dream to a whole new level. Her family has fallen on tough times and weren't able to send her to college, but she never lost hope. Yadira said, "we'll make it through it, I know we will." She took it upon herself to go out and get 49 different companies to sponsor her to help pay for her education. The career she is after may not be what you're thinking.
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Feds to invest in Tennessee's auto manufacturing sector
The Tennessean
A huge swath of Tennessee is among 12 designated "manufacturing communities" identified by the U.S. Commerce Department to take part in a federal economic development effort intended to boost manufacturing jobs. These 12 areas were chosen from among 70 applicants for the program, which initially has $1.3 billion in federal funds earmarked for qualifying projects.
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White House designates 12 'Manufacturing Communities'
USA Today
The Obama administration named one dozen new "Manufacturing Communities" on May 28 that will receive federal help for plans to try and attract global businesses. The Manufacturing Communities Partnership, launched in September, brings federal agencies together with local officials to develop strategies "that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains," the administration said.

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Miller Electric hosting oil and gas event in Edmonton, Alberta
Canadian Metalworking
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. will host a free Oil & Gas Welding Technology Conference and Expo in Edmonton, Alberta, on June 4. The event will bring together industry professionals and highlight real-world cutting, heating and welding technologies that improve results, save time and reduce costs.

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2 manufacturing giants in the Northwest to merge
Portland Tribune via KOIN-TV
Two of the largest industrial companies in the Portland region are merging. Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial announced the companies are joining forces May 21. Clackamas-based OIW is a specialty manufacturing firm with commercial, marine, nuclear, aerospace, hydroelectric, defense and transportation divisions. Vigor Industrial is a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and other industrial services in the Pacific Northwest.

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$30K from LEDA could mean 100 more students in LISD's welding program
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Last year, the Lubbock Independent School District turned 50 students away from its welding program at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center for lack of space and resources. Next year, they hope to be adding 100 more.
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PRCC summer classes offer opportunity for new career
Picayune Item
Pearl River Community College announced its Workforce Training summer courses for 2014. This year they will offer welding, pipefitting and truck driving through their Poplarville campus. Shipfitting will be offered through their Waveland Campus.
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Vocational school may close because of drop in enrollment
Victoria Advocate
Texas Vocational Schools could close permanently unless it can raise $150,000 during the next two weeks, said owner Estella Boone on May 30. "I'm trying to come up with the money," said Boone, who took over after her husband, the school founder, died earlier this year. "If I don't have students there, we don't get paid; that's the problem."
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Hypertherm introduces the new Powermax30® XP

Hypertherm’s new Powermax30 XP air plasma delivers high performance in a small, portable package. Weighing just over 20 lbs, it’s rated to cut 3/8”, with 5/8” severance capability. It features a two-in-one design for high power cutting on thicker metal and detailed cutting on thin metal using FineCut® consumables.
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The model TS-400 is a powerful, accurate track saw that improves productivity in waterwall panel replacement projects. The patented track mounting system eliminates wheels and rollers yet slides easily into position and stops kick backs without the need for a lock.

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