Partnership with Vigor Industrial on Swan Island can get fiery and that’s how PCC likes it

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Student Doug French (left) gets a lesson from an instructor at the Swan Island welding lab.

Student Doug French (left) gets a lesson from an instructor at the Swan Island welding lab.

Portland Community College’s partnership with Vigor Industrial down on Swan Island can get a bit fiery.

Above was a typical day during a lab for the Maritime Welding Career Pathway Program, which is a 30-credit stackable certificate that gets students trained to become proficient welders. It has 20 students and takes two terms to complete between spring and summer. Once graduated, students can move on to PCC’s welding associate degree or find work with Vigor or other manufacturing companies on the island.

And thanks to funding by Worksystems, qualified students through Career Pathways get their tuition, books, tools and equipment paid for.

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James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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