Clemco And Local College Launch Welder Apprenticeship Program

Author:  The Shot Peener Staff
Source:  The Shot Peener magazine, Vol 33, Issue 2, Spring 2019
Doc ID:  2019018
Year of Publication:  2019
Clemco Industries of Washington, Missouri, in collaboration with East Central College in neighboring Union, Missouri, launched their Welder Apprenticeship Program. Four Clemco employees are enrolled in the three-year program, which is funded by a Missouri Registered Apprenticeship Program (MORAP) grant. The $239,550 MORAP grant, awarded by the Missouri Department of Workforce Development, has enabled East Central to partner with Clemco to develop apprenticeship programs. The four Clemco employees in the Welder Apprenticeship Program range in age from 20 to 33 and from between less than a year and 4.5 years of employment in the Clemco manufacturing facility. Last fall they spent their Tuesday and Thursday evenings in four-hour, hands-on classes on the East Central campus. They were taught metal inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), and stick welding. The MORAP grant covered the students’ tuition and book fees, and they maintained their day jobs at Clemco.

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