Northern New Mexico College Opens Free Welding Camps

NNMC News:

Unemployed workers will receive hands-on training and job placement assistance

ESPAÑOLA — According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( welding is expected to grow by 8 percent in the next 10 years.

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to offer free welding camps that include job placement assistance upon completion.

Participants will train for entry-level jobs in the manufacturing and construction trades as production or specialized welders, welder fitters and welder-tackers at no cost to themselves.

The camps are open to anyone currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits or any dislocated worker who has lost employment due to no fault of their own and is no longer receiving unemployment benefits.

The first camp begins Feb. 28, and the second March 7. Both camps are limited to 12 participants, so register early to reserve a space.

The 12-week training includes 108 hours of face-to-face individual instruction and hands-on experience on brand new equipment, designed to prepare participants to be job-ready for apprenticeships or welding assistant positions.

Participants must be available to begin employment upon completion and/or register for NNMC welding classes to obtain an American Welding Society Certification. Program graduates will receive an employer list.

Camp sessions:

  • (Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend.)
  •  Feb. 28 – May 20, 2022, at NNMC’S Espanola Campus
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • March 7 – May 27, 2022, location TBD
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday

To learn more, visit or call Emily Floyd at 575.581.4115 or Cecilia Romero at 505.692.3034.

About Northern:

Northern New Mexico College has served the rural communities of Northern New Mexico for over a century. Since opening in 1909 as the Spanish American Normal School in El Rito, the College has provided affordable access to quality academic programs that meet the changing educational, economic and cultural needs of the region.

Northern is an open-admissions institution offering the most affordable bachelor’s programs in the Southwest. Now one of the state’s four regional comprehensive institutions, with its main campus in Española, Northern offers more than 50 bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs in arts & human sciences, film & digital media, STEM programs, business, education, liberal arts, and nursing. The College has reintroduced technical trades in partnership with two local unions and five public school districts through its new co-located Branch Community College, the first of its kind in the state’s history.  Northern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has earned prestigious national accreditations for its engineering, nursing, education, and business programs. Learn more at

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions strives to be a leader in improving employment and poverty rates through workforce development, enhanced services for employers, and ensuring fair labor practices and workforce protections for New Mexicans. Visit

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