Ashland County Community Academy is pleased to announce the addition of Workforce Expedite, a program that ensures completion of a high school diploma and multiple credentials in welding.
A partnership program among Ashland County Community Academy, Ashland County West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC), and Ashland City Schools, Workforce Expedite prepares students for one of the highest paying and most in-demand opportunities available without a college education.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for welders, solderers, cutters and brazers are in high demand and expected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. The career offers a median pay of $40,240 per year, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $63,170. Welding offers a wealth of work settings and opportunities, with demand in automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, shipbuilding, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. In the construction field, welders are hired to join steel beams in the construction of buildings, bridges, and other structures or to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.
“We’re excited to offer students in Ashland County the opportunity to break into this lucrative field,” says Allen Wilson, superintendent of ACCA. “We can give them personalized attention while preparing them for a career with long-range benefits.”
During Workforce Expedite, students earn their high school diploma while completing academic coursework tailored to the required Work Keys exam. After completion, students can receive further training at the ACWHCC Technical Center, expanding their opportunities for exciting and high-paying work.