Union County Advanced Technology Center experienced year of accomplishments

Article by: Charles Warner | Union Daily Times
UCATC site coordinator, Kathy Jo Lancaster, reports growth in welding, health and human services and dual credit programs during the 2012-2013 school year.
UNION COUNTY — The increasing popularity of its welding program was one of the accomplishments of the Union County Advanced Technology Center during the past year.

In an address to the Union County Technology Center Advisory Committee this week, Kathy Jo Lancaster, technology center site coordinator, reported that the 2012-2013 school year had been a successful one with continued growth in the programs offered, especially welding.

“We’ve had another successful year and we look forward to new programs and services in the next fiscal year,” Lancaster said. “We’re extremely proud of the success of our welding program which has continued to grow based on the need for certified welders in our region.”

Lancaster pointed out that the welding program remains one of the center’s most popular course offerings with classes filling up rapidly during registration. This was again the case during registration for summer classes earlier this week. Of the 65 students who registered for classes, 15 signed up for welding and there was a waiting list of others wanting to take the course.

The welding program is the result of a three-year process to offer an academic certificate in welding which began when the when opened in 2009. The effort achieved success in 2012 when the center was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer full academic certificates in welding. The center’s ability to provide the academic certificates meant that students enrolled in the welding program could obtain their certification there rather than traveling to Spartanburg to complete the course.