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VHCC Offers Non-Credit Welding Program

Post Date:06/15/2017 7:21 AM

Five area residents are spending the first weeks of summer preparing for new careers by completing a non-credit welding program at Virginia Highlands Community College.

The training program was created at the request of the EleVAte SNAP Employment & Training Program at VHCC, a pilot program designed to provide job skills for those who receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Welding was chosen because it is a high-demand occupation and entry-level jobs currently are available in our region, said Program Director Stan Barringer.

Classes meet three days a week for seven weeks. The program focuses heavily on hands-on training in the VHCC Welding Lab. Those who complete the program will have the basic skills needed to gain employment and receive additional on-the-job training. 

VHCC Welding Instructor Eddie Fultz is teaching the program, which he said includes the most basic welding skills. Those interested in learning more advanced techniques may enrolled in the Career Studies Certificate Program, which begins in the fall and takes two semesters to complete.

 The EleVAte SNAP E&T Program receives referrals for education and training through the Department of Social Services. For additional information, please contact Barringer at (276) 739-2536 or

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