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John Tyler Community College Welding Students Will Now Earn Industry Certification

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on October 14, 2013

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Students interested in learning welding at John Tyler Community College will now earn more than a college credential; they will also earn an important industry certification. That’s because Tyler’s Welding Program is now accredited at the Entry-Welder Level and Advanced-Welder Level by the American Welding Society (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skills Standards Education (SENSE) program. This accreditation means students who now enter and successfully complete an Associate of Applied Science in Technical Studies, Welding Track; a Certificate in Welding; or a Career Studies Certificate in Welding at Tyler also will earn the AWS Entry-Welder certification. There are no additional fees for the AWS certification exam.

Students who complete Tyler’s Welding Program and receive their AWS certification will have proficiency in safety, blueprinting and structural welding. They will also be eligible to register with AWS, the benefits of which include being listed in the AWS database, a site used by employers searching for qualified workers.

To help students gain the skills needed for industry certification and to improve their learning experience, Tyler has revamped its Welding curriculum. Four new classes have been added and some class structures have been modified, including WEL 199 Supervised Study, in which local employers will be invited to participate in the class to interact with students and demonstrate a variety of techniques used in the workplace.

To learn more about Tyler’s Welding Program, visit or contact Mr. Matthew Gross, instructor of welding, at 804-706-5140 or To learn more about AWS, visit

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,000 students during the 2012-13 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates, and 34 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,200 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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