Welders in the Community Program

Sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker's Empower Makers Global Impact Grant

Maker Nexus, in partnership with Stanley Black and Decker, is offering a free 30+ hour welding training program to eligible high schoolers and adults. Our Welders in the Community program will provide the opportunity to develop hands-on experiences in Stick, MIG, and TIG welding through direct in-person training, professional instruction, and access to welding equipment and work space.  The purpose of this program is to provide adequate exposure to welding and access to equipment needed for participants to determine if a college-level certificate program or apprenticeship is a desirable next career move. Our program will provide information and career connections to those graduates that decide to pursue a career in welding or related vocation. Participants will gain valuable exposure  enabling them to take the next step in pursuing a welding or related career. 


An application process will be used to determine eligibility for and selection into the program. Eligibility is based on many factors including year in high school (for our youth cohort), socioeconomic status, and ability to commit to the full program.

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Program Description and Application

Each session will include 24 - 30 hours of instruction time and around 5-10 hours of out-of-class time to complete project assignments. Participants will be given a 3-month free Maker Nexus membership that provides access to welders and work space. Each class will be instructional with hands-on welding and metal working and will consist of 8 students of similar age, led by a lead instructor and an education assistant. Welding safety and the techniques for Stick, MIG, and TIG welding will be covered, as well as cutting and working with different metals. Here is the intended lesson overview. Graduates will be offered a class on career paths in welding and be provided support in connecting with a welding certificate program and/or local apprenticeship.

Schedule Options:

There are two schedules available - a Summer session and a Fall session. The summer sessions meet for 6 hours per class, and the Fall session meets for 4 hours per class with an optional evening open lab session for 2 hours per week.

    Summer Cohort: Every other Tuesday and Thursday, June 21 - July 21

Specific Dates: June 21, 23, July 5, 7, 19, 21

Hours: 6-hours per class; 10:30 - 4:30

     Fall Cohorts: Every Saturday and Sunday , September 10 - 25

Specific Dates: September 10 - 11, 17 - 18, 24 - 25

Cohort A: 9am - 1pm (applications closed)

Cohort B: 1:30pm - 5:30pm (assignments pending revision)

Open Lab Hours: Tuesdays 5pm - 7pm

Application Process: Deadline to Apply for Fall Session is September 4 

Applicants are required to complete an online application form, including a short paragraph on why they are interested in participating in the welding program. Because the grant is intended for underserved community members there are questions in the application on household income that are necessary to determine eligibility. Applicants are expected to provide truthful answers to the best of their knowledge. All information provided in the application will be kept confidential and any data shared with our funders will not have any identifying information. Any information provided in the application may be verified to determine accuracy. 

Once the application is submitted, Maker Nexus will review applicants for eligibility and make offers in the first week of September for program participation.

Application Steps:
  1. Review the dates for the classes to ensure you can make all class

  2. ​Fill out the online Welding Application

  3. Wait to hear from us by the first week of September, or sooner as applicants are received and reviewed.

Please direct all questions to welding@makernexus.org