Partnership to help students with welder’s certification

RAYMONDVILLE — The school district is opening its doors to a new kind of student.

District officials are teaming up with TexasStateTechnicalCollege to offer welding classes in this rural county where more than 600 employees lost their jobs in the last year.

“There’s people in need in Raymondville,” Benjamin Clinton, the district’s special projects director, said yesterday. “We’re meeting a need.”

TSTC will offer its Welding Fundamentals class to all residents from May 3 to July 7.

“I’ve got to give them a ton of credit for coming out here,” Clinton said of the college.

Upon completion of the class, students can test for their welder’s certification through the American Welding Society.

Workforce Solutions is trying to subsidize the class’ $825 fee, Clinton said.

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