Dothan, AL Wallace Community College is preparing to train the next generation of top-notch welders.
The Union Association of plumbers, fitters, welders and service tech representatives presented an articulation agreement to the Welding Department at Wallace.
The agreement is expected to directly impact employment prospects for WCC welding students.
The students will now have the option of obtaining credit towards their apprentice programs, through unique training agreements.
According to the Alabama Department of Labor, the need for welders is expected to increase by nearly 15 percent by the year 2024.
"Here in our local area and across the nation, there is a tremendous need for welders, and so, with us being able to partner with local employers as well as with the UA, it just helps our students be able to come in, train at a little faster pace, and be able placed in jobs and fill the need in our area and abroad," said Director of Workforce Development at Wallace, Joe Johnson.
Depending on location, welders can make anywhere between $12 to $35 an hour.
There are currently 86 students enrolled in the Wallace welding program.