Bay College creates new welding lab

What's happening: Bay College has opened up a new welding lab near its Iron Mountain campus, expanding opportunities for the school in educating needed workers in the Upper Peninsula. The curriculum will not change for its welding programs but will provide additional flexibility that will make graduates more attractive candidates for employment from local business owners. The lab is located at 1900 North Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain, just a few blocks away from its main campus in the city. 

Maintaining a relationship: Bay College previously used the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District (DIISD) welding lab for its coursework. Building a strong relationship over 20 years, the two will continue dual enrollment and early college programs at the ISD lab. This maintains access for local high school and alternative school students to learn a trade while still taking classes locally. Students looking for a more traditional college program will learn at the new welding lab.   

What they're saying: “The new welding lab is in close proximity to the Bay College Iron Mountain Campus, which makes it very convenient for students to still access campus facilities and resources that are available to them,” said Cindy Gallagher, Bay College vice president of Business, Technology, Allied Health, and Workforce. “We were grateful to have had several local businesses willing to work with us on possible spaces so we could continue to deliver and expand our welding offerings within Dickinson/Iron County.”

What's next: The lab will be open and ready for classes at the start of the fall 2024 semester, beginning August 26. Applications are available through the Bay College welding website  
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