“Earn While You Learn” Welding Program Announced By PESCO, San Juan College, NMDWS
ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) is proud to announce the start of an “earn while you learn” welding program in Farmington. Process Equipment and Service Company (PESCO) has hired 20 employees who will earn wages during a 5-week welding bootcamp beginning July 8. The bootcamp will take place at San Juan College’s welding training center, where participants will be taught by the college’s welding program instructors as well as PESCO trainers. Participants who successfully complete the bootcamp will move directly into working at the PESCO facility in Farmington.
PESCO and San Juan College partnered last year to run a successful bootcamp and fill critical roles as PESCO expands. This year, with funding support from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, students will be able to earn a paycheck during their training. The partnership will look to continue this program as PESCO continues to ramp up operations.
“This program has allowed PESCO to tap into a larger labor pool of workers that otherwise would not be qualified to work at PESCO,” said John Byrom, Business Development Manager for PESCO. “With the strong funding support of NMDWS we are now able to have an even greater reach to those that must have that critical income during the five weeks of training. Going without income for five weeks is simply not an option for some folks.”
“Every New Mexican deserves an opportunity to get a great job and we are excited to be working with PESCO and San Juan College to make this work,” said Bill McCamley, NMDWS Secretary. “This is the first example of a new set of programs the Lujan Grisham administration is rolling out across the state to give people a skills-to-job pathway without having to take on loans.”
“We are excited San Juan College and PESCO are partnering to support student-to-worker pipelines,” said Kate O’Neill, Secretary of the New Mexico Higher Education Department. “We need more skilled tradespeople and paid apprenticeships to promote best practices for getting the job done.”
“The ‘skills-to-job’ approach is a win-win for businesses and employees and I encourage more companies to engage with NMDWS to expand the reach of this innovative program,” said Rob Black, President and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry. “This is a great example of government partnering with business to create career opportunities for New Mexicans.”
The partnership envisions this program to continue, with the possibility of another bootcamp taking place at the end of the calendar year.