First CSCC welding cohort in Monroe announced

Cleveland State Community College started a program of welding instruction for individuals housed in the Monroe County Jail. Last week, the first cohort of students completed training and received a certificate of completion. The program started in late January 2021 and the local workforce board underwrote the instruction using Rural Initiative funds. Cleveland State projects to serve 25 such individuals with Rural Initiative funding, providing them with training and certificates allowing them to enter the workforce at an average annual wage of $40,000. Shown here are (back row, from left) Brian Deaton, Norfolk Southern; Patty Weaver, vice president of Workforce and Economic Development at Cleveland State; Officer David Messer, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; Tommy Jones, Monroe County sheriff; Keith Morgan; Steve Harris, Welding instructor; Jonathan Garcia; Michael McLemore; Andrea Byerly, project coordinator Continuing Education at Cleveland State; (front row, from left) Scott Crowder; Nicholas Steffa; and Cody Hollingshead.

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