A federal grant will help Spokane Community Colleges fund a welding and fabrication certificate program at its Newport Center.
The $49,152 Rural Business Development grant through the Department of Agriculture will help students with childcare, gas, program tools, safety equipment and other non-tuition expenses associated with the one-year program. Students are expected to graduate from the program in December 2018.
Grant dollars also will pay for a “navigator,” who will help students complete the program and find employment.
Newport High School’s welding and fabrication lab will be used for the program’s evening classes.
“Pend Oreille County was selected for this project because interest and need is strong from the local businesses, community members and local government,” Jaclyn Jacot, interim dean of extended learning division at SCC, said in a news release.
Those interested in enrolling for the winter quarter should contact the SCC Newport Center at (509) 447-3835.
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