HCC Bluebonnet Center featured on Fox 26 News for welding program

By HCC Southwest Public Relations

Aug 28, 2014

HCC Welding class


The Houston Community College Bluebonnet Center was featured on Fox 26 News in three morning segments on Thursday highlighting its welding and technology certificate program. Click the Fox 26 News link to view the feature in its entirety. 

Welding and technology classes are nothing new to Houston Community College. The Continuing Education Construction Trades program has been teaching the craft for three years, and welding is now its largest class. That’s why the HCC Southwest Bluebonnet Center, located at 4014 Bluebonnet Drive in Stafford, is expanding with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

“Right now, there’s a need for more than 3,000 welders in the Gulf Coast Region,” HCC Director of Construction Trades program in Continuing Education Tom Tynan said. “That number will eventually jump to 7,000.”

The fast-paced program is one semester of comprehensive, hands-on training in this specialized field.  Certified instructors will teach all types of welding, including: Shielded Metal Arc, Flux-cored Arc, Gas Metal Arc and Gas Tungsten Arc. This will prepare future welding technicians for immediate employment in oil and gas, shipbuilding, construction and even in the automotive industries.

Classes start Monday, September 8. Bilingual courses are offered in Spanish for welding, HVAC and residential wiring. Enrollees do not need a high school diploma or a GED. 

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