WCC Hosts Iron Workers Training Program in July
The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers returns to WCC July 16-20 for a week of intensive, specialized training.
Last year about 700 instructors, employers, contractors, and business owners from across the United States and Canada attended the hands-on program. Information gained through the instruction was taken back and taught at locals throughout the international association.
“Welding techniques and safety practices are a big part of this instructor training program each year,” said Kim Billings, WCC union trades training coordinator. Other courses will cover subjects such as cost estimating and using graphic models. Billings added that there are several new courses this year.
“WCC’s facilities are perfectly suited for the kind of hands-on training that is necessary to support instructor training programs in the building trades,” said WCC President Rose B. Bellanca. “We look forward to working with the Iron Workers and assisting in their program’s continued success.”
This year WCC also will host the Iron Workers’ combined award and closing ceremony in the Morris Lawrence building. It will include a dinner and a slideshow that recaps the week’s activities for members.
Success in the instructor training program can lead to a WCC associate of applied science degree in industrial training for Iron Workers coordinators and instructors. The degree program gives journeymen the opportunity to apply their work and experience as apprentice instructors and coordinators toward a two-year college degree.