Few Openings Remain for New Evening Welding Class

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Only a few vacant slots are still available for the new evening welding class being offered by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) in cooperation with the Cabell County Career Technology Center (CCCTC), according to RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber.

RCBI is supplying the instructor and enrolling students while CCCTC is providing equipment and facilities for the new program, which begins April 19.

“We’re limited in the number we can accommodate so the earlier prospective students apply, the better,” Ms. Weber said. “There is an identified shortage of welders -- not just in West Virginia but nationwide -- and we are continuing to work to prepare individuals with proper skills so they are positioned to earn state welding certification and join the work force.” She called the evening training “a great opportunity for young people, displaced workers and anyone who wishes to expand his or her career opportunities.

The 16-week class will be conducted at CCCTC, located at 1035 Norway Ave., Huntington. The class, which will meet for four hours each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening, is a comprehensive one that includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training on the shop floor, with intensive student-instructor interaction.

The class can be taken independently to prepare the student to test for state certification in shielded metal arc welding or as part of RCBI’s comprehensive welding program that includes TIG (tungsten inert gas), MIG (metal inert gas) and Stick welding.

For more information or to register, contact RCBI’s Larry Cartmill at 304.781.1678, 800.469.RCBI (7224) or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Financial assistance is available to individuals who qualify.