Ribbon Cutting for Bay College West’s Welding Center


Front Row: Debbie Bryant, Julie Olsen, Dr. Laura Coleman President of Bay College Jim Hermans Bay College Board of Trustee, Mark Kinney Executive Dean for Business, Technology, and Workforce Development, Mike Mulligan ISD Director/Principal, Dr. Patrick Kennedy VP of Bay College West Tom Englund Bay College Board of Trustee, Bob Koerschner, Joe Testolin, Back Row: John Degenaer, Dave Brisson, Jon Pryor, Albert Santoni, Bob Johnson, Corky DeRoeck, Bruce Orttenburger, Suzanne Anderson Mary Beth Dixson, Teresa Schettler
Bay College – West Campus recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to promote their expanded welding center.  Funded through a $400,000 federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training grant, the expansion includes new welding equipment, instruction, and space for the center, which is located at the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District (DIISD) Technical Education Center in Kingsford.  “This is an exciting opportunity for Bay College, in partnership with the DIISD,” states Dr. Patrick Kennedy, Vice President of Bay College West.  “We continue to team up to meet the needs of Dickinson County and the surrounding areas.”    
Bay College offers a welding certificate which, upon completion, qualifies students to work in welding occupations including construction, shipbuilding, pipefitting, and industrial and production welding.  This certificate program is financial aid eligible.  High school students may also reduce their tuition costs through the established articulation agreements between Bay and the DIISD.  “Establishing the Bay West Welding Center at the Dickinson-Iron ISD Tech Center is a major accomplishment and achieves the goals of our economic agenda.  The Economic Development Alliance has been a longtime supporter and partner of this effort and congratulates Bay West for this initiative.  There is a strong need for trained welders by the area’s manufacturing sector and the Bay West-DIISD Tech Center Welding Center will go a long way to accommodate their needs”, states Bruce Orttenburger, President and CEO of the Dickinson Area Partnership.
Bay will host an Open House at the welding facility on Monday, November 2, from 6:30 to 8:30pm CST. Tours of the lab will be offered and advisors will also be available to answer questions about the program.  For more information about Bay’s welding program, please call (906)302-3000, to start pursuing your welding career.  Check us out at www.baycollege.edu
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