PRCC offers free welding training to Katrina victims

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College is offering free welding training to residents of South Mississippi who lost work because of Hurricane Katrina.The classes are offered during the day and at night at the Hancock Center in Waveland and at night on the Poplarville campus.Students must meet the following criteria:Be at least 25 years old.Live in one of the six lower counties now and on Aug. 29, 2005.Lost work because of the hurricane.Be registered with Selective Service.The classes provide 240 hours of training and are open entry-open exit, meaning students can enroll at any time, said instructor Leland Kennedy.”We supply equipment, supplies, material, everything,” he said.The classes are funded through a Department of Labor grant.The Hancock Center classes meet from 8 a.m-4:30 p.m. Monday_Thursday and from 5_9 p.m. Monday_Thursday. Plans also call for a Friday-Saturday weekend class at the Hancock Center, he said.The Poplarville class meets from 5-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday.Anyone interested should call DeeDee Reid at 601 403-1241 to pre-qualify.

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