Piedmont Technical College to offer welding program in high school

June 26, 2013

Piedmont Technical College and Laurens District 56 announced a partnership to offer a journeyman welding certificate program to students at Clinton High School.

The move comes amid calls from industry and economic development officials to increase awareness of manufacturing jobs for younger students. Upstate S.C. Alliance President and CEO Hal Johnson, for example, has called for high schools to partner with tech colleges to provide graduates with trades certificates to pair with their high school diplomas.

That is now what will happen at Clinton High School under the new agreement between Piedmont Tech and Laurens District 56. Classes in welding have been offered at Clinton High School for several years, but these classes did not lead to a certificate. They could be applied to the welding diploma program for students who wanted to enroll at Piedmont Tech after they graduated. The new program allows students to complete the entire certificate in one school year.

Read the complete article online from GSA Business.