AUBURN — The Workforce and Professional Development Office at Central Maine Community College is offering a free Welding Academy focused on multilanguage learners from May 22 to June 16. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Information and links to register are available at

This is an opportunity for multilanguage learners who are looking for education and training in the field of welding. It will include intensive English instruction. This high-demand field includes jobs in the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture and construction industries, and the rapidly growing renewable energy sector. The course covers a variety of welding techniques, including MIG and TIG welding, industry-standard weld joints, print reading, basic metallurgy, sheet metal forming, tube welding, and grinding and polishing.

The class will have a tutor from Lewiston Adult Education. Students will need to complete the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System exam with Lewiston Adult Education and call 207-795-4141 for an appointment.

This class joins several other free training courses offered at CMCC, including CompTIA Security+, Network +, Certified Pharmacy Technician and Computer Support and Information Specialists.

Programs are funded by the Maine Jobs and Recovery Program. Participants are eligible for one training and must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma, GED, or HiSet, and be a U.S. citizen and/or authorized to work in the U.S. A criminal background check will be required.

The Welding Academy may apply to asylum seekers. Additionally, candidates in Maine Jobs and Recovery Program-funded programs must be a dislocated, unemployed, or underemployed worker, or someone whose job has been adversely affected by COVID-19. Underemployed can be considered as working part time but looking for full-time work or working in an occupation below one’s skillset.

For more information or to register, contact Central Maine Community College’s Center for Workforce & Professional Development at or 207-755-5280.

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