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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s June 12, 2015 edition.
The article, titled “Rosedale Introduces Welding Program to Meet Employers’ Demands,” chronicled the program’s popularity by interviewing current welding students, staff, and Dennis Wilke, Rosedale’s president and director.
and pipe, arc, MIG, and TIG welding.
The program is already drawing qualified students from several counties away, and skillful recruiting measures have found potential students who live in surrounding states.
100 Percent Job Placement
Mr. Wilke points out that there are more jobs available than there are welders, which means that most of Rosedale’s students will have a job waiting for them before they even graduate from that program. That’s also true for many of Rosedale’s other trades, which include electrical, diesel, automotive, HVAC, truck driving, and industrial maintenance.
Rosedale partners with area employers to ensure that students who complete the College’s programs have learned and are competent in all necessary skills required for positions in the trades industry. Additionally, Rosedale holds career fairs that allow students and employers to meet and talk about available positions.
Oil and Gas Industry Requires Skilled Welders
Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry has increased a great deal just in the past five years. Companies involved with oil and gas production and by-products are seeking qualified trades workers, especially those who are welders or operate diesel equipment. This is a perfect time to establish a trades career, as Marcellus Shale’s expansion has created nearly 16,000 jobs that will need to be filled.
Besides taking positions with oil and gas employers, many Rosedale welding students are using their welding degree to become entrepreneurs and open their own businesses. Next year, Rosedale is planning to add a new program to their roster: Applied Business Management, which will teach students how to run a business by focusing not only on technical skills but also marketing, management, and accounting.
As Rosedale continues to grow, the College is expanding their main building by constructing a second floor. It’s also adding night classes to capture non-traditional students.
Rosedale’s Spring Career Fair
As a part of Rosedale Technical College’s job placement services, we make sure that our current students and graduates have plenty of opportunities to connect with employers. We hold well-attended career fairs twice a year and arrange for interviews so that our student and area businesses have the benefit of knowing each other. We’ve also worked on expanding our reach by recruiting into many of the states that surround Pennsylvania.
At these career fairs, area employers have the opportunity to meet the students attending or who have graduated from our automotive, diesel, electrical, and HVAC technology programs as well as our industrial technician, welding, and truck driving programs. The students have the chance to meet with prospective employers and talk to them about how their trade skills and experience will help companies with their hiring goals.
Rosedale Career Fair Unites Employers and Students
We draw dozens of employers at each career fair. This spring, the fair was on Wednesday, March 18. Students met with 47 employers from the Automotive, HVAC, Electrical and Industrial Technician Fields from the Pittsburgh and western PA area and beyond. There were 27 companies available for interviews, and more than 80 student interviews were conducted.
At each career fair, Rosedale Tech asks employers to complete a survey so that we can hear their perspective and find out if our students’ trade skills are meeting their needs. During this year’s spring career fair, they reported, collectively, that they would consider more than 155 students they saw at the fair for employment within their companies.
Employer Feedback Strengthens Rosedale’s Program and Curriculum
We consider the feedback we get from employers who are hired skilled trade workers to be one of the most important parts of these career fairs. This year, they said,
“This has been a great experience – best job fair I’ve been to.”
“The fair was great . . . and the students were engaged.”
“I found the students well-prepared.”
“Great students – lots of potential!”
KDKA TV was present to cover the 2015 spring career fair and reported that both employers and students were pleased with the opportunities.
The list of companies present at Rosedale’s March 2015 career fair include:
AAA East Central
Acuity Human Resources
Advance Auto Parts
All Tune & Lube
Bowser Automotive Group
C. Harper Auto Group
Chris Candies Inc.
City Plumbing, Heating & A/C Inc.
Express Employment Professionals
Gordon Food Service (GFS)
Integrative Staffing Group
J A Sauer Co.
Joe Ball GMC
Kanawha Scales & Systems
Kenny Ross Automotive
Pennsylvania Air National Guard – 171st Air Refueling Wing
Staab & Sons Inc.
TBC National Tire and Battery
Wright Automotive Group
Zoresco Equipment Co.
Industrial Technician Jobs
As the manufacturing sector in the United States continues to grow, marking a resurgence that has added more than 700,000 new jobs in the past five years, more highly trained and skilled workers will be needed to work in different sectors across the country. Production is returning to the United States from overseas and the increase in natural gas extraction and its related by-product processing are helping to drive manufacturing. This is great news for those who have decided on a career as an industrial technician.
What do you Know About the Reaccreditation Process
Rosedale Technical College recently started the process to be reaccredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Every five years, the process seeks to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, ensure consistency in institutional operations, promote self-evaluation and institutional improvement and provide for public accountability within a peer-review framework.
Rosedale believes the reaccreditation process acts as a yardstick for their programs and processes. Certain components of the College are compared to benchmark rates so that the administration knows if it should be working towards improvement in certain areas, or if it meets or exceeds acceptable rates. It’s a critical part of delivering quality assurance to not only the students of Rosedale, but also the community hire our graduates.