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New welding school starts taking applicants

Want to learn how to weld? There's a new school for that.

A new trade school called Craft Technical Institute has opened its doors, with its first open house slated for June 4 and classes expected to start soon. Led by school director Frank Daniel and educational director Renee Bowman Daniel, the state-licensed construction school offers a six-month welding-to-work program, with eight units of certified intensive training.

The new program offers morning, afternoon and evening classes, using a curriculum developed by state-licensed instructors and construction firms, preparing graduates to quickly enter the workforce. The goal is to address a shortage of workers for the construction industry by training new craftspeople.

The school is located in a 7,000-square-foot facility at 243 Manhattan St., with a 20-station welding lab to handle several welding processes. The street-level facility is handicapped-accessible.

The first open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4, followed by additional open houses on July 2 and Aug. 6.

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