Career Pathways - Welding


Vocational ESL (VESL)
Certificate Program

for non-native English speakers, immigrants and refugees

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Road Map
  • Do you like to work with your hands?
  • Do you like to work with metal and machinery?
  • Do you have good coordination, mobility, and eyesight?
  • Can you stand on your feet for a long time and lift heavy objects?

If you say yes, then welding could be a good career for you!

This half-year program provides training to help you gain the skills for an entry-level position as a welder. When you complete the training, you can look for work right away. You can also continue to study for a degree in Integrated Metals while you are working.

  • Tuition assistance and scholarships are available.
  • Learn how to weld, read blueprints and fabricate metal.
  • Improve your English skills (intermediate-level English required for entry).
  • Prepare for American Welding Society certification exams.
  • You will receive job placement help.

For more information on the curriculum click here.:

Welding Student
Welding Student

For information, contact:
Angelique Kauffman, Workforce Development Specialist: 503-660-1444,

For information about the mainstream welding program, please click here:

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