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HCC Receives Workforce Development Grant from the American Welding Society Foundation

Henderson Community College is one of only five institutions nationwide to receive a Workforce Development Grant this year from the American Welding Society Foundation.

According to the American Welding Society website, The focus of this program is to recruit and train entry level welders or to provide welders with specific specialized training to assist welder workforce needs for a specific company.

This is a remarkable award for Henderson Community College, said Dr. Kris Williams, PhD, President of HCC. This grant really validates the wonderful advancements we continue to make in the Industrial Maintenance Technology and welding programs at HCC.

Local businesses were quick to partner with Henderson Community College for the grant with Alliance Coal, LLC, Ohio Valley Marine Service, Inc. and Allstate Tower committing over thirty employees to the training program that will result from the funds.

Across the nation there is a well-known shortage of skilled and knowledgeable welders, commented Ben Johnston, President and CEO of Allstate Tower, and it is tremendously important for Allstate Tower, Henderson Community College and the Henderson area at-large to take advantage of any opportunity that will increase the competence and value of our local workforce.

On Friday, July 22nd at 1:30 p.m., John Durbin, President of the Tri-River Section of the American Welding Society, presented the Workforce Development Grant award of $19,095 to Dr. Williams of Henderson Community College. The reception was held in the foyer of the Henderson Fine Arts Center.