Ribbon cutting marks the opening of Butler welding center


With Hillsboro mayor Delores Dalke holding the oversized scissors, Butler Community College gather for the the ribbon-cutting marking the opening of the school?s new welding center in Hillsboro. Patty Decker / Free Press

Hillsboro officially is now home to Butler Community College?s welding center, which opened Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 405 N. Main.

Prior to the students arriving for their first day of classes, city and state officials, community leaders, college representatives and the public attended a ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour.

?This is a top-notch program,? said Carter Zerbe, Butler Community College trustee chairman. ?We have the latest learning tools available using state-of-the-equipment.?

Hillsboro was the logical choice for the new project based on many area industries anticipating a high demand for more welders over the next three years, said Ryan Entz, executive director of marketing communications for BCC.

?The new facility provides local students and area workers the opportunity to train for a high-demand, high-wage career in welding, while staying close to home,? Entz said.

Teamed with the City of Hillsboro, as well as local partners?Hillsboro Industries, which manufactures trailers and truck beds, and Circle D Corp., which manufactures livestock and flatbed trailers?the new school will be helping meet the increasing need for welders, Entz said.

The welding center will offer one eight-week course this fall, said David Tucker, instructor.

During the spring 2009 semester, the college will provide one 16-week course, tailored to high school students, and two eight-week courses.

In the summer, the plan is to offer one eight-week course. All classes will be at the Hillsboro location. Students finishing the coursework, Tucker said, will be prepared to take the American Welding Society accreditation exam.

All courses are credited through BCC and are transferable to additional certificates and degrees.

For program or enrollment information, call Pauline Holub at Butler Community College in Marion, 620-382-2183.

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