Free welding training offered for the unemployed


LINCROFT — Brookdale and Ocean County community colleges will partner to serve as the hosts to a free welding training program for area residents from Feb. 7 to March 30 in Toms River.

The 166-hour program, open to unemployed individuals with a high school diploma or equivalency degree, will cover a wide range of hands-on skills and basic industry knowledge, including arc welding, welding fabrication, blueprint reading, résumé writing and job search skills.

At the conclusion of the program, students will sit for an American Welding Society certification exam, after which they will be eligible for an entry-level position in the field. The training program also offers job-placement assistance.

All interested candidates must register for and attend one of two upcoming information sessions that will be held 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft and Jan. 19 at Ocean County College in Toms River. Attendees must bring an updated résumé. To register or learn more information, visit