Ranger College to launch welding program at Stephenville campus


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by Tommy Wells, Ranger College

STEPHENVILLE (June 17, 2015) — Ranger College is about to add a little spark – and a whole lot of heat – to the local workforce in Erath and the surrounding areas. Literally a spark, lots of heat and, in the long run, hundreds of skilled welders.

Ranger College officials announced earlier this week they would launch a new welding program at its Stephenville campus beginning with the start of the upcoming 2015-16 fall semester. Classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 24.

Ranger College - Stephenville
Ranger College – Stephenville

“We’re very excited about expanding our welding program to Stephenville,” said Ranger College President Dr. William Campion. “We are constantly looking for ways to help people grow and expand their horizon, and to help young men and women learn skills that can use throughout their lives.”

According to Ranger College Welding Instructor Marlin Priddy, the welding program will allow interested individuals the opportunity to learn welding skills through a hands-on approach. Through the program, students can obtain a one-semester certificate, a 1-year certificate of completion or a two-year associates degree in welding.

“I’m very excited about the new program,” said Priddy, noting day classes will be offered this fall and night classes starting next spring. “These classes will be for those who might want to learn a new career. We also can help the local industries by providing training or more skilled workers.”

Priddy, who also served as the Division Chair for Workforce Development at the college, said individuals interested in enrolling in the new welding program should do so as quickly as possibly as class sizes will be limited. Prospective welding students will need to provide their own protective clothing, work boots, safety glasses and welding hoods.

For more information on the welding program at either the Ranger or Stephenville campuses contact Priddy via e-mail at mpriddy@rangercollege.edu.

Ranger College is one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation and currently has campuses in Ranger, Stephenville, Comanche, Brownwood and Olney.

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