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The program is 1,170 clock-hours which can be completed in approximately one year. Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Financial aid is available for those who qualify with special consideration for veterans. Prospective welding students must earn a minimum score on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

Chipola’s welding program is made possible through a grant awarded to the Alabama/Florida Technical Employment Network (AF-TEN). Chipola, L. B. Wallace, Northwest Florida State, Pensacola State, and Wallace Community College formed the consortium that was awarded $10 million in a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. The purpose of the grant is to support colleges that provide training for advanced manufacturing jobs. Each college shares a portion of the grant to implement a mobile welding technology program on their campus.

The Chipola project will utilize state-of-the-art welding equipment, hybrid learning, mobile welding units, simulation technologies, and open education resources to expand learning opportunities, especially in rural areas.

Workforce Florida projects annual growth of 13,500 jobs in advanced manufacturing and construction, with 75% requiring postsecondary training. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations (ADIR) lists welding among Alabama’s “Hot 40 Jobs” with expected annual growth of more than 2% through 2018.

Admission Requirements
• Must be at least 17 years of age, and must turn 18 years of age before achieving OCP A-Welder, Helper – in order to be eligible for hire by industry
• Must submit completed One-Stop Paperwork
• Must submit completed Admission Application with copies of the appropriate residency documents.

Curriculum Guide

For information about Chipola’s Welding program, call 850-718-2270




Faculty & Staff

Curtis Jenkins