MCC’s Welding Lab Now Open for Evening Students



Student practicing welding in a lab

Due to expanded demand by both students and local employers, Muscatine Community College (MCC) is expanding its welding program to now include evening hours. In addition to daytime instruction, the program will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays until 8 p.m.

Along with that announcement, the college also welcomes Corey Bates as an instructor in the program. He comes with 25 years of experience welding for Musco Lighting. That experience has included the full range of welding techniques, materials and abilities.

At Musco, Bates has served as a trainer for other employees, helping individuals from beginning to advanced welding skills.

MCC offers welding courses leading to certificates and degrees as well as customized training for businesses. The college’s graduates are employed with partners such as Hoffman, Inc., Raymond, Union Tank Car, HNI, Wilton Precision Steel and many others.

Bates joins lead welding instructor Chris Kramer who recently earned his Certified Welding Instructor (CWI) certification. Kramer previously worked as a welder at Case in southern Iowa.

Kramer has been an instructor in all three “Pathways out of Poverty” training groups, working with clients of the Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) and members of the Liberian refugee population to teach them welding skills.

Chris also works with high school seniors in the welding career academy, as well as adults who are training to become welders.

More information about our welding programs can be found on the welding page. For questions about the MCC program contact advisor Becky Vargas, 563-288-6052 or