Neosho County Community College (NCCC) begins a new cooperative effort with local industry and the Kansas Department of Commerce to train welders. The Workforce AID (Aligned with Industry Demand) training program will provide an 8-week training linking participants to potential jobs with industry partners seeking to hire welders. Entry-level jobs are possible with great companies such as Chanute Manufacturing, B&W Trailer Hitches, Tank Connection, and Renewable Concepts.
Workforce AID training projects align workforce shortfalls with industry demand. Students who qualify through KANSASWORKS, will receive a scholarship from the Department of Commerce to complete the program.
NCCC’s 8-week training includes welding safety, welding blueprint reading, and gas metal arc welding (MIG). Participants will learn communication and teamwork skills, adaptability, and employability skills; basic safety, measurements, blueprint reading; and MIG welding. Training will consist of classroom lecture, significant welding shop experience, field trips and hands-on activities. At course conclusion, participants will test for a D1.1 welding certification and OSHA 10 certification.
• Receive hands-on training for a good job that pays up to $16 per hour plus benefits
• Be prepared in just 8 weeks to step into entry-level jobs
• Earn 7 college credits toward completion of a Welding program Level I certificate and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree
• Obtain an opportunity to job shadow and learn what the welding manufacturing environment is really like
• Meet the hiring managers of partner companies and see first-hand how to prepare for success at these companies
This training for welders begins August 25. There will be no cost to students who qualify. Students will attend training Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Regular, on-time attendance is mandatory.
To enroll contact Amy Smith at Neosho County Community College (620) 431-2820 ext. 205 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-assessment tests and registration with KANSASWORKS is required before enrollment.
Revolving Loan Committee to meet on Wednesday
The Chanute Revolving Loan Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the City Commission room located on the second floor of the Memorial Building.
The committee will wconsider a loan application fom Lois Brill and Princeton Patterson.
CCT to hold auditons for fall musical
Chanute Community Theatre is holding auditions for its fall show, “Finding Home,” an original musical with parts for 3rd grade through adult; singing, speaking, non-speaking parts available.
Auditions will be held Sunday, August 10 at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 16 at 10 a.m. at the CCT Playhouse, 1322 S. Central.
For information, contact Director Bill Goodwin, (620) 288-9465.
Vendors sought to introduce NCCC students to community
Local clubs, organizations, businesses and religious groups are invited to attend Neosho County Community College’s annual Vendor Fair, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 in the Student Union Penner Lounge. This event serves as an opportunity for new and current students to learn more about the Chanute community.
Booth space is free and tables are provided. Please RSVP to Melissa Smith at (620) 431-2820, ext. 613, by Aug. 22 to reserve a booth space.
Gas prices fall slightly across state
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.30/g on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
In Chanute, the price is $3.29/g.
Including the change in gas prices in Kansas during the past week, prices on Sunday were 26.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 21.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 16.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“Beginning the month with the lowest pump prices since 2010 is a nice way to start August, but it’s unlikely that we’ll see gasoline production from coast to coast running as high in August as we’d seen during July,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski.
“In recent years we’ve seen August refinery utilization slip a bit below July numbers and if that happens we may see prices increase especially in areas where consumers are flocking to enjoy the remainder of the summer driving season,” he added.