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Skill isn't bound by gender
WALB-TV
A non-traditional career training program is helping South Georgia women succeed in jobs traditionally dominated by men. Students at Bainbridge State College are proving that gender has nothing to do with skill. Who says women can't weld? Amber Felver has definitely proven the doubters wrong. But she admits she wasn't always this confident in a classroom full of men.
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Emmet A. Craig Resistance Welding School
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RWMA offers this intensive two-day course about the basics of resistance welding once a year. The school is designed to give operators, production supervisors, engineers, and others the opportunity to study, better understand, and further their knowledge in the theory, applications, and equipment used in the resistance welding process. This intense learning atmosphere will better prepare the unfamiliar and further educate the experienced.

The school is held during FABTECH.

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2015 International Brazing & Soldering Conference
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Now in its 6th Year, the IBSC remains the premier event for the brazing and soldering community. For years, the IBSC has provided professionals, scientists and engineers involved in the research, development and application of brazing and soldering, a unique networking and idea-exchange forum. This three-day conference provides cutting-edge education and technical programming for the brazing and soldering community, as well as peer-networking and a full exhibit program, showcasing the latest trends, products, processes and techniques available in the industry.

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Manufacturing wages rise fast in some areas
The Wall Street Journal
Manufacturing wages are rising at a rapid clip in some major industrial states as shortages of certain skills and gradually falling unemployment rates force more companies to pay up to attract and retain workers. Although manufacturing wages on a nationwide basis are still rising slowly — and they lag behind the average increases for all private-sector workers — they are growing faster than overall wages in certain states.
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Praxair introduces initiative to help students explore career in welding
KPLC-TV
As part of its new Louisiana workforce development initiative, Praxair Inc. hosted an event at SOWELA Technical College in Lake Charles for prospective students to explore a career in welding and apply for scholarships. "Welding is not just a job that will exist for this new boom in Louisiana but, it's something that will be able to further them throughout their whole career," said Tamara Brown, director of sustainable development and community engagement at Praxair.
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KentuckianaWorks provides education, training, welding jobs in
growth sector

WDRB-TV
KentuckianaWorks has thousands of dollars for people who are unemployed or have been laid off want to go back to school to become welders, and companies like Santa Rosa Systems in Bullitt County, Kentucky, are always in need of help. Dean Terrell is president of Santa Rosa Systems in Bullitt County, a business that specializes in welding for conveyor belts and business is good. "It's really the greatest that it has ever been, it's a really good time in our industry right now," Terrell said.
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Commentary: With skilled workforce, manufacturing can be America's arsenal of growth
The Hill
More than five years after the official end of the Great Recession, Americans continue to face underemployment and slow growth. These real and troublesome problems persist despite the resurgence of America's manufacturing sector. Yet, that resurgence is reason for real optimism, but only if the challenge of ensuring a globally competitive workforce is addressed successfully. Fortunately, manufacturing companies are leading with innovative, practical solutions that promise long-lasting benefits.
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Real Rosie the Riveters and Wendy the Welders of WWII honored Oct. 8 in Bakersfield, California
The Bakersfield Californian
Evelyn Spencer wore a floral blouse to the luncheon Oct. 8, her shimmering gold hoop earrings set off nicely against her smartly coiffed hair. Spencer, 90, found herself laughing at a fashion contrast suddenly very much in evidence. Seven decades ago, her typical midweek outfit would have included a leather jacket, boots, goggles and a steel mask. That's what World War II-era Wendy the Welders were wearing, after all.
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Bluco Corporation will display their line of Modular Workstations at FABTECH 2014. With the ability to quickly set datum locations within +/-.030” and repeat setups within +/- .005”, weldments are within tolerance every time. The workstations can be used as stand-alone weld cells, or for sub-weldments to feed work to larger weld cells.
 


Lincoln Electric acquires EASOM automation systems
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Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., based in Cleveland, has acquired EASOM Automation Systems Inc. Based in Madison Heights, Michigan, EASOM is a full-service turnkey provider of automation systems. The company designs and builds handling systems for large components used in vehicular and aerospace assembly plants, including multizone weld systems and cells, robotic transfer units, conveyors, drives and positioning systems.
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Iowa, Illinois students get firsthand view of hands-on jobs
Quad-City Business Journal
Kayla Kendall of Galva, Illinois, wants to be an executive chef. But that did not stop the 15-year-old from attending the annual Junior Achievement High School Advanced Manufacturing Careers Expo at the John T. Blong Technology Center in Davenport, Iowa. "I heard it was a career expo and I am interested in welding, but as a hobby," she said. "My dad was a former ag teacher. I want to be an executive chef, and ag goes into future foods. Cooking has taught me a lot of things. I have a lot of French cookbooks. It is something I enjoy."
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Student-built bleachers in use at rec center in Streator, Illinois
The Times
Representatives from several companies and organizations gathered at James Street Recreation Center in Streator, Illinois, Oct. 8 to see the finished bleacher project. Last school year, Streator Township High School welding students started a project to build new bleachers for the baseball diamonds on James Street. The students made four sets of bleachers, each 16 feet long and with five rows.
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Brownsville, Texas, welding program at Keppel AmFELS offers entry-level job certification
The Brownsville Herald
The Brownsville Independent School District, in collaboration with Texas Southmost College, Keppel AmFELS and the Texas Workforce Commission, has launched a welding program for high school students that offers entry-level job certification. The program's first cohort of nine students — including three girls — is now in its third week of reporting for work five days a week at Keppel AmFELS, where the students are being praised for how quickly they’re acquiring welding skills. Keppel AmFELS is a Singapore-based network of companies that builds and refurbishes offshore rigs for the oil and gas industry.
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Skill isn't bound by gender
WALB-TV
A nontraditional career training program is helping South Georgia women succeed in jobs traditionally dominated by men. Students at Bainbridge State College are proving that gender has nothing to do with skill.

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Biden announces $450 million in federal job-training grants
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Sept. 29 to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and reducing unemployment.

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Millions of new jobs, if you have the training and know where to look
USA Today
By 2017, an estimated 2.5 million new, middle-skill jobs are expected to be added to the workforce, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all job growth, according to a USA Today analysis of local data from Economic Modeling Specialists International and CareerBuilder.

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How 3-D printing is transforming everything from medicine to manufacturing
Parade
Like a lot of kids her age, 10-year-old Anastasia Rivas has energy to burn, playing softball and cheerleading and wrestling with her little brother at home in North Bergen, New Jersey. And unlike a lot of her peers, she also likes to help out around the house — carrying the groceries in after a supermarket trip, for instance. All those activities and much more have recently become a lot easier, because Anastasia now has a left hand — albeit one made out of plastic, elastic cords and stainless-steel hardware.
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Welding revival under way at Pennsylvania college
Observer-Reporter
Unlike so many of his peers, Scott Natoli was on a career path in high school. "I did my senior project on welding at Trinity (High School)," said the 2014 high school graduate, who is enamored of a profession that not only is reborn, but gathering momentum. Natoli is striding briskly down that path. He is a member of the first class of welding students at Penn Commercial Business and Technical School, which opened its newly built lab to them Sept. 2 — and which had its ceremonial grand opening for the facility Oct. 9.
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Commentary: Manufacturing is what southeast Michigan does best
Macomb Daily
In many quarters, conventional wisdom would have it that the era of American manufacturing supremacy has come and gone. That’s because of competition from low-cost rivals overseas our path to prosperity lies elsewhere. As is often the case, conventional wisdom is wrong. And judging from the evidence on display recently as Macomb County, Michigan, observed its second annual Manufacturing Day, its best and brightest young people know it.
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