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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, November 24, 2021) – Berkeley County Economic Development and W International will celebrate the unveiling of W International’s new state-of-the-art Training Center of Excellence with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, November 30 at 2 p.m. at W International, located at 2040 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek. The Training Center of Excellence is for training individuals in welding, fitting, forklift, and lifting & handling operations.

W International offers a fully accredited NAVSEA welding training program targeted to individuals who are unemployed and/or underemployed, with no prior welding experience. Individuals enrolled in the program are paid to train and undergo eight weeks and 240 training hours. Upon completion of the program, students are guaranteed full employment, and benefits, with W International. 

The welding program’s inaugural class currently has an enrollment of 47 students. The program commenced on October 18, and the first class is scheduled to graduate December 2021. The program already has a wait list of more than 200 individuals.

The Center of Excellence is also driven to support continuing training for W International’s current employees to enhance their skills and create more opportunities for advancement.

Berkeley County is in full support of this unique program, designed to address W International’s workforce needs. W International is also fully committed to supporting other related initiatives for their workforce pipeline, including the Berkeley County School District adult training classes at Timberland and Cross high schools.

At W International we know our greatest strengths come from the people that make up our team. W International is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We are able to grow, learn and accomplish better together.” -Michelle Fowler, Chief Administrative Officer for W International

For more information about the Training Center of Excellence, contact ten.lanoitanretniwobfsctd@ikswodnezrobg. For more information about W International, visit W International (


– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –