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BC3's Office of Professional Education & Certificate Programs offers Lifelong Learning courses on a scheduled, open-enrollment basis. Browse through our program list (below left) and get started!

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BC3 currently offers approximately 100 online non-credit certificates through our new training partner, Gatlin Education Services. If you are interested in starting a new career, these certificates may be the right choice for you. Please call us today for more information or to register.

For further information, email:

H. Christine Coblentz, Workforce Development Secretary

724.287.8711 Ext. 8421

Tracie Nehilla, Coordinator of Certificate Programs & Professional Education

724.287.8711 Ext. 8171


BC3 Welding Program

September 9, 2015-May 16, 2016 from 5-9 pm

The Welding Program provides students with the right blend of theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on application necessary to adjoin similar and dissimilar metals and perform a variety of other welding associated tasks. Students in the program will attempt a minimum of two American Welding Society (AWS) certifications: SMAW 1" Plate 3G/4G Combo (D1.1) and SMAW API Vertical Down Pipe 6G (API 1104). Students will also attempt certification in Sense Level II Credentials.


Classes in this 600 hour program include: Occupational Orientation and Safety, Principles of Welding, Welding Print Reading, Visual Examination, Inspection and Testing; Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW I), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW II), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Pipe Welding (GTAW), Thermal Cutting Process, and Brazing and Soldering.


The tools and safety equipment (welder's kit @ $475) include personal protective equipment, essential tools and tool bag. All items on the student personal protective equipment (PPE) and tool list are mandatory for enrollment. Students may elect to purchase all, or none, of the items through BC3. All items bought outside of BC3 will be subject to inspection to determine if they meet the minimum standards required for use in this course.


Classes are held three to four days a week (Monday through Thursday) from 5 pm to 9 pm at Butler County Area Vocational Technical School beginning September 9, 2015 through May 16, 2016.


GED or High School Diploma
Successful completion of Vocational Screening Assessment
Successful completion of Drug Screening and Certified Background Check ($55)


Tools and safety equipment (welder's kit): $475
Drug screening/certified background check: $55

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Contact Professional Education

Tracie Nehilla, Coordinator - Certificate Programs & Professional Education
724-287-8711 ext. 8171


Lisa Campbell, Director - Business Training
724-287-8711 ext. 8290

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