CNH, Ridgewater partner to train welders to meet area job demand

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Welding students spent four weekends at CNH learning welding methods and safety.

By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Just over a month ago a group of people looking to learn a new skill and improve their chances to earn a good income began taking welding classes at CNH in Benson. Sunday they graduated after having their skills and knowledge tested.

The welding course was sponsored by CNH and Ridgewater College in Willmar. It was free to people from 18 years old and up. It was training that could lead some of the participants to a starting pay of $21.62 an hour along with full benefits.

It was also sponsored through the Swift County Rural Development Authority with a grant from the Blandin Foundation. Basically, the only thing students had to provide was steel-toed boots.

To make it possible for those already working another job, the hands-on training course was offered over four consecutive weekends at the CNH Industrial facility on east U.S. Highway 12 just east of the City of Benson. The “book learning” portion of the course was offered online.

Upon successful completion of the program, students received a certificate stating they have completed the CNH Welding Basics program...

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