Welding program Expands

PicNICEVILLE, FL - After a successful first year of its new vocational certificate program in Welding Technologies, Northwest Florida State College has added an evening option for those interested in the field of welding. The Applied Welding Technologies night program will begin this fall on the Niceville campus and is now accepting applications. These classes will be offered Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Limited spots are available, and applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Our welding program provides students the skills, knowledge and customized training required to be a professional welder," said NWF Welding Instructor Scottie Smith, who has more than 20 years of welding experience. "The program prepares graduates for entry into the job market and includes six courses that can generally be completed in three semesters."

The college launched its Applied Welding Technologies program during fall semester 2013 to meet the demand for high-skill, high-wage jobs in Northwest Florida. The program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. NWF welding students have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized NCCER certification, and the first class of welding graduates recently received their NCCER certificates.

Interested students should complete the NWF application for admission at www.nwfsc.edu/admissions or at any of the college's seven area locations. Welding applicants also must complete a drug test. Financial aid is available for prospective welding students. NWF's tuition is among the lowest in the state.

For more information about NWF's Applied Welding Technologies program, call 729-5224 or 729-5221.

Photo caption: Northwest Florida State College welding students are shown holding their NCCER certificates. Back row (L-R): Brian Mitchell, Lindsey Irvine, Rollin Greene, Bruce McNair, Austin Berry, Scottie Smith (instructor). Front row (L-R): Trey Shubert, Shane Wiley, Erik McClatchey. Not pictured: Cory Johnt, George Price.

For more information concerning this press announcement, please contact Stephanie Pettis, Director, Marketing and Public Relations, Northwest Florida State College, 850-729-5362 or pettiss3@nwfsc.edu, or Colin Lipnicky, Staff Assistant, Marketing and Public Relations, lipnickc@nwfsc.edu.

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