Goodwill and Forsyth Tech team up to offer welding classes

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Forsyth Tech are teaming up to offer welding classes. The classes could help people land good paying jobs for companies like Siemens, Caterpillar and John Deere-Hitachi, all searching for the employees with welding skills.

"Taking a welding class actually gave me a jump start to get out into the work force," said Isaac Williams a recent graduate. "I'm looking forward to it."

Four levels of training are being offered, including: Advanced Welding; ARC Welding; Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding; and, Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding.

"We recently added another addition," said Sherry Carpenter with Goodwill Industries because employers are requesting it. The companies tell educators they want employees with the high levels skills and who want to make a career of it. "We see individuals that are working and coming into gain further skills and we see those unemployed coming in or younger students coming in."

New classes begin every quarter, and registration will be through Forsyth Tech. For information about class times and fees, call (336) 724-3625, ext. 1219 or visit

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