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COC honored for preparing graduates for professional world

Posted: June 5, 2013 5:23 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2013 5:23 p.m.

Phillip Fulgenzi, sales manager for Lincoln Electric, right, assists Idelle Okman Tyzbir at a virtual welding work station during a recentl College of the Canyons open house. Signal photo by Dan Watson


College of the Canyons’ welding technology program was recently named as one of the best in California for preparing students to enter the professional manufacturing realm, according to an organization dedicated to improving and expanding the field.

The Manufacturing Institute, based in Washington, D.C., named COC to its “M-List,” which recognizes high schools, technical schools, community colleges and universities that teach manufacturing students to professional industry standards.

Being named to the list illustrates the type of professional development work the college emphasizes, said Tim Baber, chairman of the college’s welding technology department.

“It kind of vindicates what we’re doing and what we’ve been doing,” Baber said.

This is the first time COC has been on the M-List, Baber said.

COC was one of three California institutions named to the list, along with California State University at Chico and Reedley College.

COC has had a welding technology program for more than 30 years, Baber said, and has an average enrollment of about 350 students a year.

Students in the program can take courses and obtain professional-level certifications in welding, robotic welding and laser welding.

“We want to teach our students to both operate the equipment and work with others in a professional manner,” Baber said. “To do anything less than that would be doing them a disservice.”

Baber also said he is exploring adding courses in pipe welding to the program in the near future.

COC previously offered such a program but discontinued it as enrollment fell during the Great Recession, Baber said.
Moving forward, Baber said he wants to see the program continue to expand its educational offerings and the types of certifications available.

“Really, what I want to see is a continued refinement of what we have now and a leveraging of the other opportunities that we have to grow,” Baber said.
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