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The American Welding Society (AWS) has scholarship opportunities for students in 4-year degree programs, and students at trade/technical schools, community colleges and universities.
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Forging ahead: Girls keep spirit of Rosie the Riveter alive
Rosie the Riveter inspired women to take manufacturing jobs to help the defense effort during World War II. More than 60 years later, Rosie is inspiring young women to try welding and other trades at a summer camp sponsored by the Weld-Ed Center of Lorain County Community College. Learn more.
Weld-Ed Regional Center Success Story
On the campus of NDSCS in Wahpeton, students and faculty are getting ready to celebrate more than just an upcoming graduation. When 20-year old Jordan Kay enrolled in the welding program, there was some question as to how a student with paralysis could manage. View video.

The National Center for Welding Education and Training is a dynamic partnership between business and industry, community and technical colleges, universities, the American Welding Society, and government. The center operates through funding support from the National Science Foundation.

Through collaboration with our partners, Weld-Ed works to improve the quality and quantity of welding technicians to meet ongoing workforce needs.

Now as a National Resource Center, Weld-Ed continues to support the pipeline of welding technicians in industry.  To that end, we work closely with partners to provide comprehensive professional development, curriculum enhancement and technical assistance to high school, community college and university welding technology programs and faculty across the country.

Weld-Ed is located in the Nord Advanced Technology Center at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio.


Welding in the News

LCCC hands-on training prepares students for future

Customized apprenticeship program helps company train tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workforce.

Read the article in the Morning Journal


As boomers retire, demand for welders grows

Educational institutions, such as the Illinois Welding School, are filling up to satisfy an increased demand for welders as the baby boomer generation retires, and along with it, longtime skilled workers.

According to a report by Weld-Ed, the national center for welding education and training, between 2009 and 2019, there will be a need for 238,692 new and replacement welding professionals.

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This Way Up: Mobility in America

This Wallstreet Journal article tells the story of Americans who prosper in careers with technical or practical training.
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Jay Leno Visits the Careers in Welding Trailer

The Careers in Welding mobile exhibit has traveled 50,000 miles to 53 events in 43 states, and more than 90,000 visitors have experienced the exhibit.  Take a virtual tour on "Jay Leno's Garage"!
See the video here.

Women Welders Welcome

Male-dominated industry continues to need workers, women can help fill those roles.
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   This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1400351

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.