Today IBEW President Todd Bedard and Executive Board member Peter Girouard met with faculty members involved with the Junior Welders Program at White Mountain CC. Local Teacher Matt Saladino has been working in conjunction with businesses and WMCC faculty members Michael Pike, Heather Wells, and Stew White The Jr. Welders program gives young students from grades 7 to 9 the training and guidance needed to safely learn welding techniques as well as additional instruction in related areas. Students attend classes during their vacation weeks, and are very dedicated to the craft. This program allows students to join the welding program offered at their local high school in 11th grade with over 100 hours of class time instruction!
Mr. Pike pointed out the dire need in statewide community businesses for trained and capable welders. He is very proud of the program that he’s taken years to build and is looking forward to its expansion. Innovative modules like these are what the community college system needs to thrive. IBEW local 2320 is proud to have a hand in financing the Jr. Welders initiative and looks forward to working with WMCC and other campuses to fund projects that benefit the community and the Community College System of New Hampshire.