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Duffy, Brooks celebrate welding program graduates

Rochester Business Journal
June 26, 2014

Welding, blacksmithing and glass flameworking demonstrations may not be common at graduation ceremonies, but for 30 students graduating from Rochester Arc + Flame Center on Thursday it was only fitting.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks spoke at the graduation ceremony of the students, who completed a 360-hour Industry Certificate Welding Program, which is an alternative to completing an apprenticeship in the field.

Monroe Community College and Rochester Arc + Flame Center partnered for the program due to a shortage of qualified welding professionals.

Arc + Flame has graduated 180 students with an 85 percent job placement rate, officials said.

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