Olney Central College is excited to announce it will offer an evening Welding and Cutting Certificate starting in Spring 2021.

“This is such a great opportunity,” said Welding Specialist Maverick Fisher. “It’s a chance for high school seniors to get a jump on college. And, it’s especially helpful for someone who is working full-time and would like to pursue a career in welding, but can’t afford to give up their day job to come to college.”

Classes will start at 6 p.m. and meet Monday through Thursday. Courses available for spring include Combination Welding, Metal Cut and Prep and Shielded Metal Arc Welding. The evening certificate will take three semesters to complete.

Beginning next fall, OCC will offer a new Welding and Fabrication Associate’s Degree. 

“Students who begin classes this spring will be able to go directly into the degree’s second-year courses in Fall 2022,” Fisher said. “Those classes will also be offered 100 percent in the evenings and students will be able to graduate with their associate’s degree in Spring 2023.”

For more information or to register for courses, call 618-395-7777. Spring classes start Jan. 11.

The Welding and Fabrication Associate’s Degree is a Title III program that is supported in part by a five-year grant awarded to OCC from the U.S. Department of Education effective Oct. 1, 2018. The estimated total cost for all project activities is $2,506,775 financed by the grant award of $2,249,968 (90 percent) and $256,807 (10 percent) by OCC.