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Accelerated Welding Technology (VESL) - FAQ

Do you still have questions about the program, careers after graduation, or how to get started? Take a look at the frequently asked questions or talk with an advisor to get the help you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Normally, the Accelerated Welding Technology (VESL) certificate program takes less than a year of full-time study. Some students take longer because they can't attend full-time or need help with reading, writing, or math.

Mt. Hood Community College has several student resources on campus to help students connect with employers and find a job placement both during and after their time at MHCC. Learn more through Career Planning.

If you're 18 or older, you can start without a high school diploma or GED. But if you haven't finished high school, you can work on it here while beginning your welding career. Students under 18 without a diploma should talk with an advisor to get the assistance you need to get started.

You can start a course or two without them. But it's best for all students, whether full-time or part-time, to take the placement test soon, especially if you're aiming for a certificate or degree. The test covers reading, writing, and math and is free. To schedule a placement test, contact Testing Services.

Yes, some classes are available at night or online, but it may take you longer to complete your program that way. Not all classes are available at night every term, so meet with an advisor to plan carefully.

Sometimes, yes. Some classes must be taken in order, and some have prerequisites. Check the catalog or talk to an academic advisor to plan your classes.

Yes. This is a limited-entry program. This means you must meet certain criteria before you can apply. The program admits 36 students every fall term.

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