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Welding Work-Based Learning Academy

June 13 through July 18, 2024

Monday - Thursday / 9a-3p

Occasional Friday business immersion trips

5-Week Welding and Metal Fabrication Training

  • This program is for students entering grades 11 or 12 who have attended a previous camp at IAI or are a beginning welder.

  • Develop skills in welding safety, oxy-fuel and plasma cutting, gas metal arc welding, and metal fabrication.

  • Explore careers available in the Welding and Metal Fabricating Industry.

Opportunity to earn a AWS (American Welding Society) credential.

Students have the chance to apply for earn-while-you-learn pay during this experience.

Beyond mastering essential welding skills, participants will engage in a variety of enriching activities to enhance their overall readiness for the workforce. These include:

  • Safety workshops with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)

  • Financial Literacy Seminars

  • Employability skill development, including resume building

  • Apprenticeship seminar

  • Business immersion trips

Are you eager to transform your welding passion into a promising career?

Meet the Requirements & Cover Your Bases. Space is limited to 15 motivated individuals!

How it works:

Step 1: To be considered, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • High school junior or senior status in the Fall 2024

  • Residency within the COP District

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • Clothing requirements for safety: Long sleeve cotton shirt, jeans with no rips or frays, high cotton socks. Leather work boots required; steel-toed boots preferred.

Step 2: APPLY!

  • Registration opens May 1, 2024

Step 3: Attend Mandatory Interview and Informational Session on June 3, 2024 at 6:30p at the Industrial Arts Institute, Onaway, MI.

  • Interview for the position with the Industrial Arts Institute Director.

  • Meet with Michigan Works! Talent Specialist.

Organized by the Industrial Arts Institute, NE MiWorks, COP Education Service Districts, and NE MiSTEM


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