RCBI’s Partnership Trains Welders for Today’s Jobs

Spring Valley Partnership

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) will work with the Wayne County Board of Education, Spring Valley Career Technology Center and Mountwest Community & Technical College to deliver programs and classes that will prepare students to earn their associate degrees in welding technology from Mountwest.

The efforts will continue to improve the skills and job prospects for traditional students and adult learners across the Tri-State.

RCBI and Mountwest already participate in a similar, very successful program through the Cabell County Career Center.

Students will be tested to the American Welding Society - “AWS” or the American Society of Mechanical Engineering – “ASME” or the American Petroleum Institute - “API” standards, depending on class requirements, before continuing their training to earn an associate degree in welding technology from Mountwest.

“These students will have the chance to fill jobs throughout the manufacturing sector,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI’s Director & CEO. “Industrial firms, river and barge operations and natural gas companies are looking for these highly trained workers, and we’re proud to work in partnership to ensure a skilled workforce.”

RCBI will provide instructors and curriculum, Mountwest is providing the equipment, and the classes will take place at the Spring Valley Career Technology Center in Wayne County.

“This program represents an outstanding opportunity for our students and Tri-State residents,” said Lynn Hurt, Superintendent of Wayne County Schools. “We appreciate the willingness RCBI and Mountwest have shown to prepare tomorrow’s workforce.”

For more information, call call 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. .

About Spring Valley
Spring Valley Career Technology Center ensures that students acquire the high-quality academic and 21st Century technical skills that will prepare them for post-secondary education and entry into the ever-changing, culturally diverse Global 21 competitive workforce and worldwide economy.

About Wayne County
The Wayne County Board of Education provides the structure and opportunities necessary for students to become academically successful, socially responsible and productive in a global society.

About Mountwest
Mountwest Community & Technical College provides programs to meet the varied educational and workforce development needs of its students and the community. Mountwest offers two-year degree and one-year certificate programs in Allied Health, Business and Information Technology, Human Services, Occupational and Technical Programs, as well as numerous continuing education opportunities and customized instruction. Mountwest is located at its new campus located atop Fifth Street hill in Huntington.

About RCBI
As West Virginia’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) encourages job creation, economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship by supporting manufacturing companies of all sizes. RCBI offers access to leading-edge equipment and specialized training for everyone from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies.

Accompanying photograph identification:
Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO; Sandra Pertee, Career and Technical Education Director at Wayne County Schools; Lynn Hurt, Superintendent of Wayne County Schools, and Dr. Keith Cotroneo, President of Mountwest.