Titan International and Lincoln Electric Donations to Allow JWCC to Deliver New Welding Training

$33,000 in Equipment to Create Sub Arc Welding Training for Students, Area Companies

 More welders will have the skills to keep the wheels rolling off the line in Quincy area manufacturing companies thanks to two large donations of equipment from Quincy-based Titan International and Lincoln Electric.

 During a press conference today, Titan Wheel announced a $23,000 donation of sub arc welding equipment and a custom made welding table engineered and manufactured by Titan welders to the John Wood Community College welding program. 

 Titan International Inc. is a global leader and one of the largest North American manufacturers of off-the-road tires and wheel technology for agriculture, construction, forestry and mining equipment.

  “Welding is an in-demand skill set, and we will do whatever we can to ensure that students have access to the equipment they need to be successful,” Titan North American Wheel Operations General Manager Steve Hathaway said.  “This is one of many ways we like to give back to the community.  Having a Workforce Development Center like John Wood’s is a great asset for the region and we appreciate being a partner in training our future workforce.”

 Lincoln Electric donated an additional $10,000 to the project in the form of a travel carriage, adjuster, mountings and cabling. Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc-welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment.

  “As a supplier, we are pleased to provide technical expertise and equipment to John Wood students who will become welders for Titan and many other manufacturers,”  Bryan Davis, Lincoln Electric representative said. “The opportunity to train using our equipment gives students a great experience and prepares them to be work ready when they complete the program.”

 The new state-of-the-art station adds to JWCC’s 18 welding bays inside its Workforce Development Center lab in Quincy. The College is currently training 30 students in day and evening welding courses and another 11 through a dual credit welding program at Western High School in Barry, Illinois.

 “It takes partnerships and industry supporters like Titan and suppliers like Lincoln Electric to provide equipment and expertise to provide the highest quality training for students,” Michael Elbe, JWCC president shared. “We are grateful for the many ways both companies continue to generously give of their time, talent and resources. We look forward to helping meet their welding and workforce needs in the future.”

 JWCC will add sub arc welding component to its welding certificate programs and can now offer customized training to Titan and regional manufacturing company employees.

 Submerged-arc welding or sub arc welding is a process that creates a welded joint between steel components using an electric arc submerged beneath a layer of powdered flux which is widely used when welding wheels, rims, tanks and other related materials and equipment used in agriculture and construction industries.

 Tours of the JWCC Workforce Development Center are available for businesses, community members and prospective students.  To arrange a tour or discuss potential customized business training, contact Kelly Lewis at 217.641.4971 or wdc@jwcc.edu. More information about JWCC’s welding program can be found at www.jwcc.edu/welding or by contacting the College’s admissions office at 217.641.4337 or admissions@jwcc.edu.

 John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community.  JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities.  JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois.  Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

 Learn more at : www.jwcc.edu

          

 

 

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.