PUEBLO, Colo. — Along the Governor’s tour of Southern Colorado he also stopped by Pueblo Community College (PCC) to unveil the school’s new mobile learning lab.
The college has multiple mobile learning labs for a variety of disciplines. They include machine, welding, etc. This newest mobile learning lab is for non-destructive testing, which an emerging industry in the state, according to Amanda Corum, executive director of Pueblo Corporate College, a program within PCC.
Non-destructive testing is where manufacturers analyze materials for instabilities without damaging the material itself. This is the practice to determine of welds are structurally sound.
The goal is to help out employers have onsite training abilities in each of the fields.
‘We focus on hands on training to learners that they will see out in industry,” said Amanda Corum.
It’s a 53-foot trailer that has a pop-out for a mobile classroom. Corum said they will take it just about anywhere it can go.
“It’s a great opportunity to take equipment, where people otherwise wouldn’t have access to it,” said Corum.
A company such as Vestas Towers can use ultrasound technology to check the welds that join each section of a tower to ensure there are no flaws or cracks. Vestas, EVRAZ – which recently announced a major expansion at its Pueblo facility – and the Transportation Technology Center are three local companies that have committed to using PCC’s lab.
The lab was made possible through the Skill Advance Colorado Mobile Learning Lab Assistance Program, part of the Skill Advance Colorado Customized Job Training Program that is administered by the Colorado Community College System and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
“Getting people into jobs with a livable wage, an up-skilling and becoming more productive for employers as well,” Corum said.
A total of $789,912.12 was awarded for the lab’s creation, including in-kind contributions from PCC. The final cost was $562,963.48, according to Corum.