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Welding Educational Pipeline

Kilgore Economic Development Corporation is contributing to an educational pipeline for the metal fabrication industry in Kilgore by investing in the area’s welding workforce in two important ways.
 
Kilgore College Dual Credit Welding Course
Kilgore EDC contributed  $80,000 to buy state-of-the-art equipment at the new dual-credit welding facility in Kilgore High School.   'Our board feels that a well-educated and skilled workforce is one of the most important ingredients of an economic development program,' KEDC then-President Pat Nault said. 'An educational pipeline is important for an economy.'
 
 
Ruth R. Hughs, Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission, presented a Skills Development Fund grant for another $217,000 to Kilgore College to complete the program’s wish list for equipment.