ICIO advanced welding program begins

Two welders look at welding device
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Last year Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino got their welding program back off the ground and ran a series of basic welding classes. 

This month, the best inmates of the basic classes were gathered and started an advanced welding program. 

The program is headed up by retired ICIO employee, Rich Hull.      

I searched the internet for information regarding welding and discovered the following: 

  • A welder can earn a little more than a Fortune 500 company mid-level executive. 
  • Students who receive a few months of training from welding school and get certified can earn as much as a college graduate with a four-year bachelor’s degree. 
  • According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1988 there were 500,000 welders in the U.S. and by 2012 that number has dwindled to 360,000. 
  • The American Welding Society projects that by 2020 there will be a deficit of 290,000 skilled welders, which includes instructors, inspectors and engineers.      

Graduates from this program have a great opportunity to get a good paying secure job when released.

Story published: 02/09/2018
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