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W International opens new welding training center

W International has opened a new state-of-the-art workforce development center to train individuals in welding, fitting, forklift and lifting and handling operations.

W International and Berkeley County officials marked the official opening of the Training Center of Excellence with a ribbon-cutting on Nov. 30, according to a Berkeley County press release. W International, which offers a fully accredited NAVSEA welding training program for individuals with no welding experience, is currently training a class of 47 students set to graduate later this month.

Students in the program paid to train for eight weeks — 240 training hours — and are guaranteed full employment with benefits at W International, according to the press release. More than 200 people are currently on the waiting list for the program.

The training center will also be a resource for current W International employees who want to refresh or enhance their skills and create more opportunities for advancement, the release says.

"At W International we know our greatest strengths come from the people that make up our team," said Michelle Fowler, the company's chief administrative officer. "W International is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We are able to grow, learn and accomplish better together."

W International also supports other training programs designed to aid with workforce development in Berkeley County, including Berkeley County School District's adult training classes at Timberland and Cross high schools, the release says.

The company's facility is located on Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek. For more information on W International or its training facility, visit w-international.com.