Garrett juniors and seniors to sign with Garrett-Keyser Butler’s welding program in collaboration with Ivy Tech

Forty junior and senior Garrett High School Career Development welding students will be signing up for a registered apprenticeship during an official signing event in the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Performing Arts Center on Sept. 17 at 1:45 p.m. Employer partners and official stakeholders will be in attendance.

Garrett-Keyser-Butler’s (GKB) Career Development Welding Program is in its third year. The program focuses on integrated academics, along with technical and employability skill development. The welding students in the program are dual enrolled with Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne. Students will complete an Ivy Tech Structural Welding Certificate, OSHA 10 certification, and 21 Ivy Tech college credits.

The Career Development Welding SEAL has transitioned into a USDOL Registered Apprenticeship. Northeast Indiana Works, The Office of Work Based Learning and Apprenticeship, The Career Development Program, and multiple employer partners have collaborated with the USDOL Office of Apprenticeship in establishing the first Youth Registered Welding Apprenticeship in Indiana.

“This is an amazing milestone for our program and employer partners,” said Chad Sutton, Director of Career Development, Garrett High School. “Anytime we can celebrate our students’ accomplishments, support registered apprenticeships, and help our industry and local workforce boards collaborate with our young adults, it is special.”

The partnership has grown since its implementation and organizers are hopeful additional employers in the region who are looking to hire welders will join this registered program to provide on-the-job training opportunities for students while building a skilled workforce. Additionally, this program serves as a statewide model for collaboration in developing high-quality Department of Labor registered programs.

1:45 p.m. Sept. 17

Garrett-Keyser- Butler Performing Arts Center (PAC)
801 E Houston St
Garrett, IN 46738
Enter Door 10

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