LEEPS keeps instructors current and relevant within the welding industry by integrating a professional development system into the program. This provides value to both instructors and administrators at participating schools.
“The manufacturing industry will need skilled and knowledgeable welders in the years and decades ahead,” says Jason Scales, Lincoln Electric’s business manager, education. “Lincoln Electric is committed to supporting and advancing welding education. The LEEPS program is a critical component in the ongoing process of preparing educators for advancing welding’s future.”
The LEEPS program is divided into multiple tracks, which target instructors that focus on a particular mission or student profile.
- Track 1 is for welding instructors whose students are primarily in the exploratory phase of learning how to weld. This track targets schools and instructors at the introductory, junior high and high school levels, as well as agricultural programs.
- Track 2 takes schools and instructors past the exploratory aspect of welding and into the area of career development and advancement. It addresses the needs of many high school and career center instructors and programs, covering career pathways issues as well as career development.
- Track 3 continues with career development and focuses on advanced manufacturing and processes. The program is typically tailored to the needs of community colleges and technical colleges.
- Schools that meet all requirements of Track 3 may apply to become a Lincoln Electric Authorized Training Facility, which authorizes the school to run Lincoln Electric Training Programs in behalf of the company.
Instructors, administrators and industrial trainers also can join the Lincoln Electric education community by subscribing to the First Pass™ newsletter, which delivers the latest information and updates, including curriculum and training materials, as well as education news.
For more information, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 63 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 23 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company's website at www.lincolnelectric.com.