MONTEREY, Ind. (AP) — A beginning welding class offered by the Purdue Extension in Pulaski County has helped hundreds of people gain job skills over the last seven years.
Now the program is in jeopardy because steel companies that donated material for the class have backed off after finding that few graduates were applying for their job openings.
Course manager Sue Rosenbaum tells the Pharos-Tribune that Purdue representatives and business owners will meet before the end of the year to reassess the program.
She says one option might be to increase the cost of the $200 program so organizers can buy some of the steel.
Program graduate Peter Helmschrott says he spent his last $200 on the class. He now has a job as a welder.
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