MT. VERNON — Man-Tra-Con is offering free welding instruction to qualifying residents.
“There is a need for welders in this area,” said Mayor Mary Jane Chesley. “This is an opportunity for people to get the training they need to find the jobs that are available in our area.”
The First Institute Welding Program is a six week class being offered by Man-Tra-Con. The class is free for those who qualify.
“If you are eligible to participate, you will receive a stipend of $150 per week, and assistance for paying for transportation costs,” information from Man-Tra-Con states. “Plus, all tuition, books and supplies required for the program will be paid for by Man-Tra-Con.”
To be eligible to participate in the program, residents must be 21 years old or younger; read at a seventh grade level or higher; be able to compute math at a seventh grade level or higher; be registered with selective service if 18 years or older; and meet low income guidelines.
Low income guidelines are, for a family of one an annual income of $11,670; for a family of two, $15,730; for a family of three, $20,821; for a family of four, $25,704; for a family of five, $30,332; and for a family of six, $35,479. For low income family units with more than six members, add $5,147 for each additional member.
The classes are to be held in July with specific location and dates to be announced. The classes will be held during daytime hours.
Those interested in finding out more about the classes may contact JoDene at Man-Tra-Con at 944-1102.