Workforce AID Sparks Weld Now Training

October 13, 2015

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Tech, in cooperation with Caterpillar Work Tools in Wamego, Kansas, is launching a short-term training program to quickly get MIG welders in the company’s pipeline. Weld Now, a project through the Kansas Department of Commerce, connects economic and workforce development under the new Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand) initiative – Right Training. Right Job. NOW.

Beginning in November, Washburn Tech will deliver eight weeks of training that includes hands-on experience in MIG welding. Tech and Caterpillar’s leadership team have developed curriculum that includes contingent offers of employment for potential applicants who have the opportunity to earn an American Welding Society Sense Level 1 credential, OSHA-10 certification, as well as nine college credits. Students will be prepared to begin work at Caterpillar following successful completion of the training.

“This Workforce AID project supports a robust Kansas economy by preparing workers with the skills and credentials required by business,” said Kansas Commerce Interim Secretary Michael Copeland. “We are excited to again partner with Caterpillar Work Tools, Inc. to continue to develop the workforce Kansas companies need.”

Two recruiting events with opportunities to learn more about a job with Caterpillar will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, and Wednesday, October 21, at Washburn Tech, 5724 SW Huntoon St., Topeka.

Tuition funding from the Kansas Department of Commerce is available for only a limited time to adults who qualify. To determine eligibility and enroll, contact Manhattan Workforce Center at 785.539.5691, Topeka Workforce Center 785.235.5627 or go to Cat.Com/Careers. You also can call Washburn Tech’s recruiters at 785.228.6315. 

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