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Nicolet College - Guaranteed job interview comes with new Welding certificate


Guaranteed job interview comes
with Nicolet’s new Welding certificate


Posted May 18, 2011
It’s not often a college can guarantee a job interview after students complete an academic program. But Nicolet College is guaranteeing just that in a partnership with area employers in need of highly skilled welders.

The college’s new Welding Fabrication Technical Certificate “will give graduates access to good jobs with good benefits that are in high demand here in the Northwoods,” said Brigette Parsons, dean of Trade and Industry at Nicolet College. “The employers we partnered with have committed to interviewing everyone who graduates. This does not guarantee a job, but it does guarantee an interview.”

The 13-credit technical certificate will be offered during the college’s eight-week Summer Session, which runs from June 6 to August 1. Classes and labs will be held all day Monday through Friday. Students who meet Workforce Investment Act (WIA) income eligibility requirements will have their tuition paid for through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Because of the advanced level of welding instruction, students must meet certain prerequisites. These include having the one-year Welding diploma from Nicolet or another technical college, or significant experience in the welding field. Additionally, each candidate must have completed Applied Technical Math course or its equivalent, or pass an applied math test.

Prior to developing the curriculum, Parsons and other Nicolet staff toured local production facilities to better understand employer needs.

“I was very impressed with the high level of craftsmanship in these facilities,” she said. “How they can take a pile of metal and turn it into these elaborate, even artistic, structures is amazing.”

Nicolet staff also worked closely with employers so the instruction mirrors what takes place at the job site. “These classes take a very real-world, hands-on approach,” Parsons added. “Graduates will leave Nicolet with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workplace.”

Classes include Advanced Blueprint Reading, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Spray and Pulse Spray Transfer, Fabrication, Areas Layout, and Communications.

For more information, contact the Don Roberts at Nicolet College at (715) 365-4516, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4516; TDD (715) 365-4558 or 711 relay, or by email at