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BOCES welding program expanded in Tonawanda

The welding program has been expanded at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center.

The site at 151 Two Mile Creek Road added seven new welding booths to the existing 15, updated another booth, renovated class space and upgraded ventilation and electrical systems.

A $25,000 grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council supplied 20 percent of the estimated costs to upgrade.

Kenton welding instructor Frank Rosick said class sizes, which had previously been at 14 to 16, have been growing from 24 to 28.

Jeff Belt, WNYREDC co-chair and SolEpoxy CEO said the center is becoming a career hub for future welders.

"The expanded facility will help attract students for training, positioning them to fill in-demand jobs, which keep our young people and our companies in the region," said Belt.

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