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Advanced Welder Education Grant
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Monroe County Community College has received a $224,906 National Science Foundation Advanced Welder Education grant with the goal of increasing the region’s supply of qualified welders with advanced levels of education who can further research, development and innovation in the field.  The NSF Division of Undergraduate Education award number for the grant is 181078.

The three-year project starts June 1, 2018, and ends May 31, 2021.

By using the funds provided by the NSF grant, MCCC will transition the offering of entry-level welding instruction, known as AWS-QC-10, to area high schools.  While the college will still offer some entry-level welding classes, its focus will be on teaching advanced-level welding standards (AWS-QC-11) and incorporating the latest additions to these standards recently set forth by the American Welding Society.

Partnering with local high school career and technical education instructors to help them implement the entry-level welding (AWS-QC-10) standards at the high schools will help MCCC develop a direct articulation credit pathway so that students can earn up to 10 credits toward MCCC’s welding program while still in high school.

The grant will also help MCCC add to the pool of qualified inspectors in the region in the non-destructive testing field.  Non-destructive testing involves the inspection, testing or evaluation of materials, components and assemblies for material discontinuities, properties and machine problems without further impairing or destroying the parts serviceability.  MCCC offers the only NDT program in the state, Coomar said.

MCCC’s successful NSF grant award was made possible through a partnership with the Monroe County Intermediate School District and support from the

To begin the process of offering the AWS-QC-10 entry-level welding instruction at area high schools, MCCC will offer an American Welding Society (AWS QC10) Welding Certification Teacher Workshop in August. 

For details about the workshop, click here.

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