Virginia Western Community College announces that its Welding and Metal Processing Program will hold classes beginning in Spring Semester 2016 at the Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville. The move to the Botetourt County facility from labs at Virginia Western’s Roanoke campus will allow for more intensive industry-related content that can lead directly to an American Welding Society (AWS) certification.

The welding labs at the Greenfield Center are AWS certified, so students can prepare for and test for their industry recognized certification upon completing coursework. The Greenfield Center is located at 57 South Center Dr., Daleville, VA 24083. Spring classes begin on Jan. 11 and students can register and apply at www.virginiawestern.edu.

Career Studies in Welding and Metal Processing offers instruction in the principles and practices of welding processes. Successful completion of the program provides sufficient training for entry into the field of production-type welding. Students have access to the latest instructional and practical experiences in a high-technology, modern shop facility.

Welding is a high-demand industry with a national shortage expected to reach 300,000 by 2020 according the AWS. Based on 2012 median wages for Virginia from statewide labor market information, welders with an industry certificate earned $39,168 per year.

For more information about Welding and Metal Processing at Virginia Western, contact program head Gary Young at gyoung@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6181.