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Enroll now for welding classes

Staff writer

It was just a ceremony Sept. 10, when Hillsboro leaders and representatives of Kansas Department of Commerce and Butler Community College gathered at the soon-to-be-opened BCC welding school at Hillsboro.

A ceremonial signing to receive a $100,000 grant from the department of commerce kept the momentum going for a new welding school program. Remodeling of a portion of the former AMPI building, now owned by the City of Hillsboro, has begun with classes anticipated to begin Oct. 15.

BCC has committed to at least a three-year program, offering two, eight-week classes with a maximum of 15 students per class.

“This is not a Hillsboro project,” Phil Wyssenbach, president of Hillsboro Industries, said. Wyssenbach was one of the key players who expressed a need for a welding school.

He thanked the City of Hillsboro for “picking up the ball” and helping make this project a reality.

Mike Beene, regional director of Kansas Department of Commerce, commended the city for providing a facility and the college for providing the program.

Following the ceremony, officials and community leaders took a tour of the facility.

A large area has been designated for the welding training area. A separate classroom facility also is planned.

David Tucker, a BCC instructor from Eureka, will be the lead instructor for the class. Tucker has been a welder for many years, own

Last modified Sept. 17, 2008