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Union Pacific Foundation grant to add welding stations

$10,000 Union Pacific Foundation grant to add welding stations at UA-PTC

November 05, 2018
The Union Pacific Foundation awarded UA-Pulaski Technical College a $10,000 grant, Brandon Morris, UP Director of Public Affairs, announced Oct. 22. The funding will be used to add new welding stations to the college’s Welding Technology program.

“Union Pacific has been one of UA-PTC's most supportive neighbors in North Little Rock for many years,” UA-PTC Foundation Executive Director Shannon Boshears said. “We are very grateful for their continued confidence in our programs.”

Dr. Bentley Wallace, Director of Technical and Professional Studies at UA-PTC, said that Union Pacific and UA-PTC both focus on cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce in Arkansas.

“Our welding program is open to men, women, veterans, persons with disabilities and all nationalities. In addition to making young adults aware of the availability and importance of middle skills jobs, a larger welding program at UA-PTC will be able to up-skill existing workers who are ready to move to the next level of their careers.”

UA-PTC Technical and Professional programs train and develop workers who are proficient in areas that are relevant to Union Pacific's operational needs, i.e. welding, electrical work, machine operations, and civil and electrical engineering. The college offers technical certificates Welding Technology with courses of study in Basic Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Gas Tungsten Arc or Gas Metal Arc Welding.

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