KBOCC Initiates Welding, Woodworking Programs

Feb 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-3: Tribal Athletes Fight for Their Place, Tribal College News

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI) has developed two training programs in welding and wood works. The program is designed to provide job skills training for low income, under-skilled, unemployed or underemployed residents in Baraga County. The goal of the project is to reduce the unemployment rate and poverty level.

The Regional Skills Alliance for Baraga County has identified welding and woodworking as a need in local manufacturing and industry. Currently, there are no training programs for adults offered in the county in these occupations.

According to the Michigan Works office, there is a high demand in these areas based upon the large number of openings in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. This project also ties in with Michigan’s mission of No Worker Left Behind. The tribal college received a grant of $48,042 to start the program.

Training in welding and woodworking will allow participants to gain the entry level skills necessary to become gainfully employed in the region. KBOCC will collaborate with the Tribal Employment Rights Office and Michigan Works to provide soft skills and identify job opportunities.

The welding training will offer both basic and advanced welding. Materials and supplies will be made available to income-eligible students at no charge. The woodworks training will provide training in basic woodworking followed by step-by-step projects and designing individual pieces. The college also will provide training in Auto Cad (a software application for two- and three-dimensional design and drafting).

Training was slated to begin in January. All students who complete an area of training will receive Continuing Education Units or Certificates of Training.

For more information or to register, call the KBOCC Admissions Office at (906) 353-4604 or the dean of student services at (906) 353-4628.

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