Daytona State forges daytime welding program
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 19, 2017) - In response to increasing demand for skilled welders, Daytona State College has expanded its welding program to offer daytime courses leading to an industry-recognized certificate in Welding Technology, beginning fall semester. The new daytime option for future welders adds to evening classes already in place.
DSC's two-semester welding program prepares students to become professional metalworkers, where they can apply their skills to careers in manufacturing, construction, aerospace, shipbuilding, pipefitting, automotive and more.
"There is a great need for skilled and certified welders in our region and across the nation," said DSC welding instructor Timothy Colburn, who has 40 years in commercial welding. "Experienced welders can earn six figures," he noted, adding the average age of today's welding workforce is over 60. "The pipeline needs to be filled for the U.S. to remain competitive in the manufacturing world."
Instruction topics include Shielded Metal Arc Welding; Gas Tungsten Arc Welding; Gas Metal Arc Welding; Blueprint Reading and others.
Classes run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a full-time course schedule. Financial aid is available for eligible students. All classes are held on the Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Fall evening welding classes are full at this time.)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in Florida for welders are expected to increase by more than 18 percent through 2024, with median hourly wages of nearly $19.
MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls nearly 25,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services/public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.
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