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Grants Available for People with Welding Experience


November 22, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - People with welding experience or education may be eligible for a State Training and Employment Program (STEP) grant that will pay for advanced level welder training in the upcoming spring semester at the Ketchikan Campus of the University of Alaska Southeast.

Unemployment insurance (UI) funds the STEP grants for people who fall into several categories of eligibility: those who have exhausted UI, are presently collecting UI, or who are unemployed or working part time but have worked in a job covered by UI in the last three years. Other qualifications for the program include previous welding experience or education.

Priority is given to qualified applicants who are likely to lose their jobs within six months; are underemployed and need training to work full time; make less than the average Alaska wage; or, are a woman or minority.

The American Welding Society (AWS) Advanced Level Welder class is a 600-hour, 12-credit, semester long class that meets Monday-Friday from 8a-5p January 17-May 6. The STEP grant will pay for tuition, fees, books, and materials. Some funding is also available for travel, lodging, and per diem. Money for clothing and personal tools is available on a reimbursable basis.

This is a competitive grant. Information and applications are available by calling Vocational Education Coordinator Marty West or Assistant Welding Professor Steve Brandow. Applicants will also be interviewed and are expected to provide a list of at least three work references.

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan provides a wide variety of educational courses and programs to Ketchikan and the surrounding communities throughout the year. Many course offerings are available both locally and through distance avenues including web-based, audio conference, teleconference and satellite offerings. Through these offerings, students can achieve certificate, associate, bachelor and master degrees.


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