Alma, MICH – United States Veterans can now utilize their VA education benefits to cover tuition costs for the Merrill Institute’s 12-week, 522-hour welding program. This comprehensive welding program is an American Welding Society (AWS) SENSE Level 1 program, which means successful graduates will receive AWS certification – the premier certification recognized globally by companies in the welding and manufacturing industries.
“Securing this eligibility was intense, but worth the investment on our end. Being able to offer our Veterans an in-demand skill set, like welding, is a small price to pay for the sacrifices they have made for all of us,” says Jason North, Manager of Operations & Industrial Training at the Merrill Institute.
“We believe we’ll see a lot of veterans apply their GI Bills® toward our welding program, which is great because companies all across the United States are in dire need of skilled welders to offset the skill gap that our country is currently facing.”
The Merrill Institute 12-week program includes training in SMAW, GMAW, FCAW and GTAW welding processes. The program also includes training for blue-print reading, welding inspection and testing and weld symbol and drawing interpretation. Veterans interested in a welding career should contact the Merrill Institute to determine their eligibility at www.merrillinstitute.com or call 989.462.0322. Since its founding in 2011, the Merrill Institute has graduated 220 students who have achieved a 90% employment rate.