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NMJC Welding Program Growing

11/17/2006 4:00:16 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's Welding Program has been offered since the college's inception. As the local community's needs continue to be of paramount importance to NMJC, so do the programs that support the local workforce. NMJC's Welding Program will not only continue to be offered, but will be enhanced by additional staffing.

It is an opportune time for any student to enter into NMJC's welding program. Not only does the local economy support the trade, but the national demand is growing as well.

According to Vice President of Instruction John Gratton, "New Mexico Junior College is privileged to offer quality programs such as the welding program. The success of these programs is directly attributable to the talents and dedication of our highly qualified faculty. In recent years, we have experienced a tremendous increase in the demand for additional welding classes. As a result, we are seeking out additional welding teachers who can help ease the demand on our one full-time welding teacher. Also, we will be hiring an assistant to help our welding teacher as he works with students of varying skill. NMJC has no intention of phasing out its welding program, but instead will be increasing welding offerings to meet community needs and demands."

In response to recent concerns from students about NMJC's Welding Program, President Steve McCleery states, "We don't have any intention of canceling the welding program here as long as there is demand. I don't know where that rumor came from. We have every intention of offering . . . advanced classes. We're trying to find an additional welding instructor. You have our commitment that those classes will be up and going in the spring."

For more information about NMJC's welding program, please call 575.392.4510.

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