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Grant, unique partnership brings Women in Welding to North Branch

Staff post from Shawnda Schelinder |

Thanks to a Minnesota DEED grant and a partnership between Pine Technical and Community College, the city of North Branch and the North Branch School District, eight North Branch women are now ready to join the welding industry.

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Second Welding Class Graduates

Pine Technical and Community College's Welding Staff post from Shawnda Schelinder |

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Welding Program Offers Fresh Start

Welding Program Offers Fresh Start Staff post from Shawnda Schelinder |

After just four weeks of training, Melissa Hirsch is poised to make a fresh start. Hirsch completed a four-week welding course that was part of a MN-DEED Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) grant sponsored by Pine Technical & Community College - Employment and Training Center. She's now employed full-time as a welder at Premier Pontoon, earning a great wage and making a better life for her family.

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