New class brings complete welding curriculum to local college

IRON MOUNTAIN — Hot on the heels of collaboration that resulted in a new Early College program, two Dickinson County institutions are getting together again — this time to help welding students complete their education all in one place.

Bay College West in Iron Mountain is now able to offer a Basic Machine Tool Operation course thanks to cooperation with the Dickinson–Iron Intermediate School District. The ISD’s Tech Center will be hosting additional machinery purchased by Bay this spring to make that course possible. This allows students to earn a welding certificate without leaving Dickinson County.

“In previous years, they would have to go to the Escanaba campus to take this one class, where now we can offer this one class, and they can get everything done right here,” said Vice President of Finance and Bay College West Kevin Carlson. “I think it’s going to help us with enrollment, and it’s going to be easier for the students, and that’s what we’re all about — is making sure the students have access to everything that they need.”

The welding certificate program runs the gamut of techniques, and it also offers classes on blueprint reading and machine tool operation. Registration for fall classes has already begun, and seats are limited.

“I think it’s going to be one that’s going to be filling up rather quickly, so I would suggest everybody take that into consideration — if they’re looking at getting the welding certificate — to come in and see us as soon as possible,” Carlson said.

If you are interested in finding out more about the welding program, you can contact Bay College West at (906) 302-3000.