A $1-Million Partnership, Major Renovation, and New Welding Program Lead Education News

StrataTech Education Group will provide $1 million in scholarships for skilled trade workers, Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is renovating its Welcome Center, and NASCAR Technical Institute has a new welding technology training program.

AWS Publications | May 3, 2022 | Tech and Industries
Welding Digest ►  A $1-Million Partnership, Major Renovation, and New Welding Program Lead Education News

StrataTech Education Group will provide $1 million in scholarships for skilled trade workers, Hobart Institute of Welding Technology is renovating its Welcome Center, and NASCAR Technical Institute has a new welding technology training program.

 

StrataTech and DCA Fund Skilled Trades Scholarship

To encourage more people to consider the trades, StrataTech Education Group, Phoenix, Ariz., an operator of skilled trade schools, has partnered with Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) to provide up to $1 million in combined scholarships to upskill skilled trade workers. The scholarships will apply to welding; electrical; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R); and other tech programs at The Refrigeration School, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tulsa Welding School, Tulsa, Okla., campuses. The partnership will grant people the opportunity to complete short-term training for careers in high-demand industries.

Additionally, StrataTech has launched StrataSkills Industry Solutions as a workforce development and retention solution program for employers of electricians, welders, and HVAC/R technicians nationwide. The program will help recruit qualified and trained talent to fill entry-level skilled trade positions; ensure new employees are ready to work in an accelerated time frame with a range of short-term courses, classes, seminars, and resources; provide reskilling solutions for employees; and help companies retain core employees by offering ongoing professional development. Training courses are available online and in-person at the company’s four campuses: Tulsa Welding School in Oklahoma and Jacksonville, Fla.; Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston, Tex.; and The Refrigeration School in Arizona. Custom training options are also available at employer locations upon request.

 

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology Renovates Welcome Center

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, Troy, Ohio, has begun a renovation of the approximately 9000-sq-ft Welcome Center, moving the current visitor entrance off North Street to the front of the building at 400 Trade Square East. The relocated Welcome Center will greet all campus visitors and act as a centerpiece for all prospective college students looking to gain a career in welding.

Once through the Welcome Center doors, the space will open to a large student resource center that will house the Blankenbuehler Memorial Library. The student resource center will boast additional tour rooms and meeting spaces, a 50-seat auditorium, and several offices. Dedicated to welding career placement, the space will be outfitted with virtual reality technology and computers to assist students and alumni with career-searching activities.

 

NASCAR Tech Launches Welding Program

Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI’s) Mooresville, N.C., campus, NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech), has kicked off its new welding technology training program. The 36-week course trains students on the hard and soft skills needed to prepare for a welding career.

This represents the eighth welding program launched at a UTI campus nationwide, with three additional programs scheduled to begin in the summer of 2022 at the UTI Exton, Pa., campus and the new UTI campuses in Austin, Tex., and Miramar, Fla. For more information on NASCAR Tech’s welding program, visit uti.edu/programs/welding

Photo 1-Apr-25-2022-04-16-19-28-PMNASCAR Technical Institute Campus President Jennifer Bergeron addressed the crowd at the official ribbon-cutting of the Mooresville, N.C., school’s new welding technology training program. Alongside her is the inaugural class of welding students.

 

Miller Collaborates with NCCER

Miller Electric Mfg. LLC, Appleton, Wis., has worked with the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) to offer exercises for NCCER welding levels 1 and 2 with Miller® AugmentedArc® augmented reality welding systems, version 2.2.0.

In addition to the five coupons already included with the system, there are two new coupons available — V-groove with backing and V-groove without backing — that also correlate with the added exercises. For existing users, a coupon kit with these two new coupons is available for purchase, and the new software, which includes these exercises, is available for free download. To learn more about the system as a training tool, visit millerwelds.com/augmentedarc. (millerwelds.com/augmentedarc)

Photo 2-Apr-25-2022-04-16-52-66-PMA recent collaboration between Miller Electric and NCCER offers exercises for NCCER welding levels 1 and 2 with Miller’s augmented reality welding systems.