On July 29, a ceremony was held at North Georgia Technical College for 11 Lee Arrendale Transitional Center residents who completed welding certification training. The welding training program is a collaboration between the Transitional Center, NGTC, Kubota Manufacturing and WorkSource Georgia Mountains.
“It is very inspiring to have the opportunity to attend this graduation ceremony and see the graduates achieve this impressive milestone,” said NGTC President John Wilkinson. “We are proud to work with our partners in the region and touch the lives of so many people and their families. It is truly a wonderful event to behold.
“Through our partnerships, we are able to provide educational opportunities for residents, which provides them with the tools and resources necessary for successful rehabilitation,” said Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Timothy C. Ward. “We appreciate our dedicated staff and community partners, who have worked diligently to help residents achieve their educational goals.”
The welding training program consists of 80 hours of practical instruction and 20 hours of job preparation. Upon completion of the program, residents receive one to three certificates with certification from the American Welding Society in the specific type of welding they performed.
NGTC has successfully facilitated several AWS welding training cohorts with Georgia Department of Corrections. Participants in the last three cohorts were all hired by local weld fabricators on day one of training. When students complete their national industry certification, they are hired full-time with full benefits. Since 2016, approximately 86 participants have completed the course and received industry certification.
Arrendale Halfway House is a minimum security facility for adult female criminals held by the Georgia Department of Corrections. We are located in Alto near Lee Arrendale State Prison.
Georgia Department of Corrections