January 8, 2009


Students in First Welding Class Earn Certification

Northeast Alabama Community College recently completed its first welding class, held at the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology in Hollywood. Instructor Marty Bishop was pleased with the outcome of the class.

“Seven students successfully passed their American Welding Society certification test in the 1G and 3G positions with the shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) processes,” stated Bishop. These certifications require students to weld a project according to specifications. Once it is completed, the instructor ships the project to a lab where the project is inspected and X-rayed.

Mike Kennamer, Director of Job Skills Training and Workforce Development at NACC, is also pleased with the outcome of the first class. “This is a very good start to what I believe will be an excellent program that will serve the community for many years,” stated Kennamer. The college is preparing a facility on campus that will house welding, machine tool technology, and industrial maintenance when it is complete in fall, 2009. The Jackson County School System is allowing NACC to teach night classes at its Hollywood facility.

“We appreciate the partnership with the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology that allowed us to start teaching these classes this fall,” said Kennamer. “Monte Gant and his staff at EPCOT have been tremendously helpful.”

Dr. David Campbell, President of NACC, added, “This program is one way that we are expanding the college’s mission of providing more workforce training for the community and we are very pleased to see these excellent results in our partnership with the Pruett Center of Technology. Northeast, along with the Alabama Community College System, is dedicated to finding ways to fund and support workforce training and retraining programs for our area.”

NACC offers classes in SMAW, GTAW and GMAW processes intended to prepare students for employment in the manufacturing, aerospace and construction industries. The next welding classes start on January 12. For more information about welding or any of the programs offered by NACC, contact the Office of Workforce Development at or phone extension 254.

Seven NACC students received AWS (American Welding Society) certification after completing the first welding class taught by the college.
Welding student in protective hood makes sparks fly at NACC