DATC receives grant for mobile welding training center

There are a lot of future welders at the Davis Applied Technology College. Ginger Chinn, the DATC’s director of marketing and community engagement, says the “program is bursting at the seams.”

The program will soon have more space. The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnershipawarded the DATC $190,000 for a mobile welding training center. 

With the mobile trailer, which should arrive by the end of the year, the DATC can accommodate 120 welding students. The trailer will allow students to go to local businesses and high schools and receive customized training.

“When we go out and talk to high schools and companies ... we can train them right in the trailer,” Chinn said.

The trailer will have six welding bases, as well as two virtual welding bases for beginning students.

The mobile trailer offers more training options for students, Chinn said. “When we train the students, we’re training for jobs in the community,” she said. The DATC works with local businesses to move graduates into industry positions, she explained.?