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Gateway Adds 6 New Welding Certifications, Professional Meetings

There are six new welding certifications being offered at Gateway Community & Technical College.

Students may now earn welder helper, gas welder, ARC cutter, shielded metal arch welding, gas medal ARC welding and gas Tungsten ARC welding certificates. These are in addition to the combination welder, tack welder, production line welder and ARC welder certificates Gateway offers. Students may also stack these certificates to earn an associate in applied science in welding technology degree. 

In December 2015, Gateway was named an AWS training and certification site, expanding opportunities for Gateway welding students and potential employers.

“Gateway recognizes the need for qualified welders and has redesigned our welding program to meet industry demand,” said Gateway President Dr. Fernando Figueroa, in a news release.

"Credentialing specific areas of training and education acknowledges achievement and presents a tangible verification to present to employers,” said Will Donahue, Gateway welding instructor and program coordinator, in the announcement. “This is valuable to students and employers.”

In addition to the new certifications, in November, Gateway hosted the first American Welding Society Northern Kentucky Student Chapter meeting. These Northern Kentucky chapter meetings are an opportunity to learn the latest welding news and connect with others who share a passion for welding and metal working. The next meeting will be at Gateway’s Boone Campus in March. Lincoln Electric will be the guest speaker and presenter.

Classes begin Jan. 9.

-Staff report

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