A brand new, nine-week production line welding program is coming to the Great Plains College in Swift Current at the end of this coming month.

The program, beginning on April 29, is being offered free of tuition and will focus on the gas metal arc welding process.

Keleah Ostrander, vice president of programs and students at the Great Plains College in Swift Current, is thrilled for the college to be able to provide students with an all-new, entry-level program.

"We know that there's a need for skilled trades in our region and we are really excited to be able to offer this opportunity to enter the field," said Ostrander.

Along with gas metal arc processes, students will have the opportunity to learn about cutting, blueprint reading, and essential safety in the workplace. 

While Great Plains College's welding program is a 10-month-long certificate program, whereas this spring program is only a little over two months of full-time learning. 

"This is a great way for the college to connect programming with the labour market need and really support individuals with granting access to the program, given that it is tuition-free," Ostrander noted. 

Great Plains plans to see how the new program goes this year and will potentially continue to offer it in the future.

Students can register for the program as well as local employers who may be interested in getting more training for individual employees.

"If you're interested be sure to get in touch with us today, as we expect the program to fill quickly," said Ostrander. "Feel free to visit our website or stop by the Swift Current campus to fill out an application form or speak with one of our student advisors."