DeWys University now an accredited training program at GRCC

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DeWys University’s welding program recently received accreditation through Grand Rapids Community College. Courtesy DeWys Manufacturing

Students of Grand Rapids Community College now can receive college credit for an on-the-job training program started by a local manufacturer.

DeWys Manufacturing, a DeWys Metal Solutions Company, said Monday, May 9, its DeWys University on-the-job training program received accreditation from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

DeWys University launched in 2012 to allow the company to sustain its talent and growth needs through on-the-job training. A decade later, DeWys University now is an accredited manufacturing trade school. During a 12-week course, employees can learn theory and practice while receiving three to six credits toward a degree at GRCC.

For now, the DeWys University welding program is the only accredited course offered, but the goal is to have all its training programs added in the future, including press brake, powder coating, machining, cutting and assembly.

“Partnerships create opportunities to build skills and change lives,” said Julie Parks, interim dean of the GRCC School of Workforce Development. “The DeWys training starts a pathway to GRCC, where employees can continue their education, grow their skills in advanced manufacturing while earning a credential that can take them to the next level.”

DeWys offers 100% tuition reimbursement to its employees, including for this collaboration between GRCC and DeWys.

“Some could view this as a transition program that will allow Mom and Dad to recognize going from high school to work as a viable option because their child can get the best of both worlds — earn credits with Grand Rapids Community College while getting their hands-on experience,” said Laura Preuss, workforce development manager for DeWys.

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