Welding Certification Leads To Higher Wages

Robert Moye was referred to GST Michigan Works! November of 2017. At the time he was laid off for the 5th time working as a welder at minimum wage. His previous employer explained to him that he most likely would not have been laid off had he possessed a welding certification. Robert met with a Career Coach and together they set an action plan aimed at acquiring a welding certification as well as gaining employment that paid a higher wage. Robert was ready for a stable career and was tired of job hopping. Robert decided to pursue a welding certification class with Mott Community College to reach his goal. Robert was extremely driven; he eagerly attended workshops offered at GST Michigan Works! and was always on time for scheduled coaching secessions. He started welding training on May 7, 2018, and successfully completed the course in 13 weeks. Robert felt a tremendous sense of pride over his accomplishment. On September 10, 2018, Robert started employment with Katcon USA as a Welder making $14.00/hr. Robert received support service assistance for required work equipment not provided by his employer.  


“I am so thankful for GST Michigan Works! If it wasn’t for GST Michigan Works! I would still be making minimum wage; now I have a lifelong career, I can take my certificate anywhere and the only way I can go is up.”