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WCCC offers free training in manufacturing

| Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9:24 a.m.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review

A new free micro-credential training program at Westmoreland County Community College aims to give unemployed and underemployed workers a leg up on much needed skills in manufacturing.

The program, which begins April 30, includes a nine-day pre-employment program followed by training in welding and machining at the college's Advanced Technology Center. Offered at no cost to the student, participants will gain entry-level skills valued in the manufacturing field and obtain micro-credentials including AC/DC electrical and mechanical drive systems, blueprint reading and shop math, spill prevention and hazardous materials, as well as American Heart Association Heartsaver OSHA 10-hour safety certification.

Organizations offering the credentials include the American Welding Society, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the American Heart Association and Westmoreland County Community College.

The next class session begins at 9 a.m. Monday at Westmoreland's Advanced Technology Center, the former Sony Plant in East Huntingdon. Students will attend pre-employment training Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first two weeks, followed by welding training every Friday for nine additional weeks and/or one week of basic machining.

Students have the option to attend the entire program or select from welding or machining.

For details, contact Adam Margovic at 724-925-8478 or

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or or via Twitter @deberdley_trib.

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