The Poverty to Prosperity (P2P) welding program was the first program initiated by the P2P committee in 2013. The original program began at Treasure Valley Community College and consisted of (10) students from Ontario High School, (5) students from Nyssa High School and (5) students from Vale High School.
The goal of the group was to begin developing an employment ready community and these students were the first step in the process. The welding program currently consists of (4) Welding courses and some Industrial Safety.
The result is a Career Pathway certificate that leads toward an Associate of Applied Science degree from TVCC, a National Career Readiness certificate, an OSHA or NCCER Industrial course and possibly a fork-lift certification card.
The result is that the students, if wishing to enter the workforce will have employable welding skills. The Welding 150 course is the foundation. This Entry level class covers safety and a basic knowledge of the setup and operation of the followings processes. Oxy-Acetylene Welding (OAW), Oxy-Acetylene Cutting (OAC), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), Air Carbon Arc Cutting (CAC-A) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).
The P2P program has now become an extension of the dual credit program offered by T.V.C.C.