An adult welding class, created by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Effingham Unit #40 School and Lake Land College, is seeking participants for this fall. The course was established to teach welding fundamentals to adults in the area to help fulfill training needs of area employers. The course has attracted students with age ranges of 17-66 from all over Effingham and surrounding counties.
“Our local manufacturers have made it clear that there is a strong need for more individuals with welding skills to fill available jobs,” said Chamber President & CEO Norma Lansing. “The partnership that came together to fill this need says a lot about our community commitment to business growth and better jobs for the people living here.”
The program focuses on developing skills for safety, metal identification, oxy-acetylene welding, metal cutting processes, shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, machining, fluid power, mechanical drives, and blueprint reading.
The class scheduled for this fall at Effingham High School will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 17 through December 9 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. A minimum of 6 students need to register for the class to take place. Contact the Kluthe Center to register at 217-540-3555.
Lake Land College is currently planning to expand the number of adult career-focused classes they offer and is seeking an instructor for the a Pipe Fitting & Welding Class. That class will be held from March through May. Interested individuals should contact Joe Tillman at 217-234-5313. Additionally, a new Metal Cutting and Fabrication Class will be held from January through March. The welding class is also in the process of being expanded to the spring 2017 semester.