December 3, 2014

Auto, Machine Tool and Welding Opportunities

Dislocated Worker Training Funds Available

Western Nevada College has received grant funding for individuals who have lost their jobs and seek enrollment in an accelerated Automotive, Machine Tool Technology or Welding Technology program. Dislocated Worker programs for the spring semester begin on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Carson City campus.

Up to 12 students can receive up to $2,250 for the semester to cover student tuition, fees, books, and supportive services, and do not require income verification. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified participants who fulfill application requirements.

Students will attend classes each week in areas that can include Automotive Technology, Welding I-III, Machine Shop I-III, Computer Numerical Control I-II, Welding Certification Preparation, and Blueprint Reading for Industry.

Those interested need to complete an application package and provide documentation of job loss with a severance letter, business closure announcement, or unemployment eligibility.

Veterans and dislocated homemakers may also meet eligibility requirements for application. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for those with disabilities.

"We are excited to make the Dislocated Worker program available,” said Grant Manager Barbara Walden. “The challenge for dislocated workers is not only to find a job, but to find a job with stability, good wages and the possibility for advancement. This program provides funding for unemployed workers to get the knowledge and skills needed to secure those types of positions.”

“This funding from Nevadaworks presents a great opportunity for those that qualify to gain in-demand job skills,” said WNC director of Economic Development David Steiger.

In order to determine if they are eligible for the funding, the students need to contact Linda Whitehill and apply for the dislocated worker funding for the specific accelerated programs, said Greg Sly, WNC grant project manager. “Students who are enrolled in accelerated classes require approval for the larger unit loads of 20 to 21 units.”

Training Programs Include:

Accelerated Machine Tooling Program:
Designed to introduce the principles and provide training in the field of machining and CNC operation. No prior experience is needed. Provides basic instruction through advanced topics and is delivered in a combination of classroom lecture and hands-on laboratory experience.

Topics include: shop safety, drill and tool sharpening, manual lathe and mill operation, precision measurement, blueprint reading and tolerances, and CNC milling and turning centers. [Includes Machine Shop I, II, III & IV and CNC I & II]

Accelerated Welding Program: Designed to provide the skills needed to obtain an entry-level position in the field of welding. Students learn welding safety, oxy-acetylene cutting and welding, shielded metal-arc welding and gas metal arc welding. Students will have the opportunity to test for American Welding Society (AWS) welding certifications.

For more information, contact Linda Whitehill at 775-445-4268 or

Payment of student fees for dislocated workers in these job training programs is made possible through a grant from Nevadaworks, Northern Nevada's Local Workforce Investment Board. WNC is an equal opportunity employer.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198

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