Now accepting students for FREE introductory welding, machining, and construction training

BEDFORD – The Lawrence County Workforce Coalition is currently accepting students for the free Introduction to Local Jobs And Skills (ILJAS) Cohort 10 which is slated to be held from August 8, 2022, until August 25, 2022.

Welding Instructor, Brad Holmes, and two former class participants discuss their firepit projects.

Students will receive CPR, Stop the Bleed, and First Aid certifications, as well as, certificates of completion for the ILJAS welding, machining, and construction training.

Each student will leave the training with a clear path to their “next step,” whether it involves completing their High School Equivalency (at no cost), Next Level Jobs training (at no cost), a job/career, or a combination of these. The ideal student is a Lawrence County resident not yet earning a living wage.

Joe Timbrook

Lawrence County Economic Growth Council Director of Career Development Joe Timbrook says, “We know there is a large population of residents in Lawrence County that, with some training, could fill the current increasingly high employment openings we see with our local and high-demand jobs. During this program, we are excited to have representatives from: Basin, Bedford Machine & Tool, IKORCC, ILTI, IN-FAB, Living Well Home Care Service, and WF Meyers speak about their companies, current employment openings, and additional training opportunities to ILJAS participants. A Purdue Extension educator will also be joining us to discuss how to prepare a resume/cover letter, interview skills, dress for success, and practice team-building principles.”

“We’d like to thank our sponsors, Lawrence County Community Foundation and Duke Energy; and our partner, North Lawrence Career Center, for supporting this effort,” added Timbrook. “This program is life-changing and it’s always humbling to witness; however, none of it would be possible without this community of invested stakeholders coming together to make it happen.”

If you are interested in participating in the program or are an employer interested in getting involved, please contact Joe Timbrook at 812-583-1095 or

About the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council: The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council is a non-profit, local economic development organization (LEDO) existing to support the growth of Lawrence County Businesses including startup support, workforce solutions, and technical assistance which promotes investment that improves the quality of life for our citizens. Learn more at