Posted: Wednesday, 12 September 2012 5:15PM
SE Tech Welding
One of Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical's most in-demand programs, welding technology, will be able to accept 20 percent more students on an annual basis starting fall 2013 with the help of a recent state funding award.
Southeast Technical will receive $12,000 in state funds that, along with a match from the Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical Foundation and an in-kind contribution from Mississippi Welders Supply, will purchase $28,000 worth of welding equipment and associated tools.
The new equipment and tools will allow the program to expand from 20 welding booths to 24, thereby allowing the program to accommodate more students.
Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson says it's a great example of state and local, public and private, education and industry, working together for the benefit of students.
According to Southeast Technical's industry partners, skilled welders are consistently in high-demand. With increased instruction space that will allow for more welding program graduates, the college aims to close this skills gap.