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Belle Glade welding lab gets new look

Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the patio of its Technical Education Center from 10 to 11 a.m. April 29 to unveil its newly renovated welding lab. The event will be livestreamed to the public.

The 2,207-square-foot industry-driven lab has nearly doubled its capacity for students and features a new open floor plan, fume extraction system, equipment and more. Prior to the remodeling, the lab had 10 welding stations. With a new open concept design, there are now 16 stations.

“The newly renovated space, the purchase of new equipment and the skilled welding faculty will ensure that our students will be equipped with the skills needed to leverage them for high-skill, high-wage positions within the Glades and beyond,” said Kimberly Lancaster, dean of academic affairs for the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses. “This is only the beginning! We are growing our partnerships with industry leaders in the Glades to ensure that we are not only preparing future skilled welders at varying levels, but we are also providing continuous training opportunities to employees to level-up their skills and dual enrollment opportunities for high school students.”

PBSC’s Welding Technology Career Certificate Program is a 1,050 clock-hour program offered in the day or evening on the Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses. It offers a broad foundation of knowledge and skills to prepare students for employment in the welding industry. Shop activities are an integral part of the program and provide instruction in the various processes and fabrication skills, including torch cutting, arc welding, MIG welding, flux core welding, TIG welding and more.

Palm Beach State is an Educational Institution Member of the American Welding Society and certified to offer Levels 1 and 2 of the AWS Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education (SENSE) welding program. PBSC is also an AWS Accredited Testing Facility for advanced welding certifications. In addition, students earn National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Welding Levels 1 & 2 credentials.

For more information about the ceremony, call 561-790-9007.

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