Yesterday a $147, 592 grant from Duke Energy was made to Cape Fear Community College. The grant is part of Duke Energy’s $6.7 million investment in N.C. community colleges’ focus on technical education.
“Welding is already in high demand”, says North Campus lead instructor Mike Taylor.
Taylor said his staff had helped place 12 students in jobs after they completed their training. Many of those students went to companies, such as Bradford Products.
Craig Scott Bradshaw is a prime example.
Bradshaw had one semester remaining in the welding program when he secured a job at Wilmington-based Bradford Products, which designs and builds custom pools and spas. Bradshaw has been working there for three months.
“It was actually pretty easy. I think there’s a lot of opportunity out there right now for welding,” he said of his job-hunting process.
Bradshaw also feels that welding brings perks beyond the ability to secure work easily.
Bradford Products is pleased to build this partnership with Cape Fear Community College as the the students who have joined from their program have been hired to become full time employees and have started the beginning to a long successful career.