Hillsborough Community College to Expand Welding Program with Support from JP Morgan Chase

November 14, 2014

Dateline:

TAMPA, Fla.

WHAT: Hillsborough Community College will expand its welding program to help train more talent for area employers. Welding is a high-demand skill across the state, and 5,000 new welders are needed through 2019, earning median salaries of $39,000.

Through a $250,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase, HCC will expand its program and create an accelerated weekend format with opportunities to train 40 participants. The grant is part JPMC’s commitment to address workforce readiness through its New Skills at Work Initiative, aimed at helping more people be ready to meet employer demands and prevent jobs from being left unfilled due to a gap in talent prepared to compete for them.

WHO: Dr. Ken Atwater, president of Hillsborough Community College
Sen. Mel Martinez, chairman for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in the Southeast
Todd Singleton, Welding Student

WHERE: Hillsborough Community College
Ybor City Campus Training Center
5610 E. Columbus Drive
Tampa, 33619

WHEN: Monday, November 17
Remarks at 2:00pm

VISUALS: Welding lab tours, opportunities to interview participants, Dr. Atwater and Sen. Martinez discussing importance of technical skills jobs in strengthening local economy and workforce.

Media Contacts

Ashley Carl, Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations
acarl@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7158

Angela Walters, Strategic Communications Officer
awalters13@hccfl.edu, 813.259.6589

Chris DeManche, Community Relations & Marketing Manager
cdemanche@hccfl.edu
, 813.259.6567

Ashley Jeffery, Community Relations & Marketing Manager
ajeffery4@hccfl.edu, 813.259.6591

Debbi Ordaz, Public Relations Specialist
dordaz@hccfl.edu, 813.253.7066   

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