One of the Center for Sustainability at Johnson College’s initiatives is the Welding Training Center.
Johnson College has continually taken a lead role in regional economic development and community partnerships by developing programs that complement business trends and train students for high-demand occupations. The Center for Sustainability focuses on programming that provides industry-driven curriculum pertaining to a regional understanding and application of green and sustainable concepts.
Currently, a significant business trend focuses on the natural gas industry. While the development of natural gas from the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale is in its earliest phase, the demand for a skilled workforce is already rapidly expanding. Johnson College’s Welding Training Center provides training to serve the natural gas industry.
In 2002, after thirty-three years, Johnson College suspended its respected Welding Program due to declining enrollment. In 2010, the need to bring welding training back to the College became apparent due to the increased demand for welders for the natural gas industry. Johnson College, given its reputation and history with welding education, has the chance to make a difference in the lives of job seekers. The Welding Training Center strives to equip individuals with the skills necessary to obtain entry-level positions as welders for the gas industry as well as other industries.
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