Lincoln Electric announced a multitrack educational program that helps welding instructors maintain and grow their knowledge by integrating a professional development system into their program. 

 Known as LEEPS, the Lincoln Electric Education Partner Schools program features three tracks that split the program to focus on the school or instructor’s needs.

Track No. 1 covers the exploratory phase of welding. This is for schools and instructors in the introductory, middle and high school levels and agricultural programs.

Track No. 2 is the career development and advancement phase. This track is useful for high school and career center programs and instructors, officials said.

Track No. 3 focuses on the continuation of career developments and concentrates on advanced manufacturing and processes, primarily for community and technical colleges. At this track, schools that meet requirements will be able to apply to become a Lincoln Electric authorized training facility, which permits the school to run Lincoln Electric training programs on behalf of the company.

“The manufacturing industry will need skilled and knowledgeable welders in the years and decades ahead,” said Jason Scales, Lincoln Electric’s education business manager. “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.”