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More opportunists to become welding certified in Kilgore

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(KYTX) - Industrial companies in Kilgore have more than 70 job openings for highly skilled welders, but not enough qualified applicants.

Kilgore College and Kilgore Economic Development corporation want to change that.
They plan to jointly build an 18,000 square foot building at Synergy Business Park specifically to teach advanced welding courses.
Kilgore College welding professor Joel Laws says the college just doesn't have the space now to expand its existing program.


"Because of the development that is going on in this vicinity, we need not just your introductory welders, but welders that are good at underwater welding, more experienced types of welders. That's what this program will be for," says Professor Laws.

Laws said highly skilled welders can make as much as 160 dollars an hour.

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