Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A state grant from the Department of Labor and Industry will give 80 veterans returning from service the chance to train for welding jobs. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato says the $311,000 grant will go toward providing a 96-hour class offered for veterans. It will not guarantee placement into trade programs, but their prior experience in service and the class will provide an edge over others. Two veterans, Ryan Vatovec of the Marines and Stewart Battle of the Army, both said they were thankful for the opportunity to get involved with Steamfitters 449. Both of them are now first year apprentices as a result of the class.