Welding

Beginning this fall, students will be able to take classes at Campbellsville University’s newest location—Isaiah House, a faith-based residential treatment center for men and women in Willisburg, Kentucky.

Campbellsville University, a private, Christian university in Campbellsville, Kentucky, is a longtime supporter of Isaiah House, which addresses spiritual, physical, mental, financial, legal and educational aspects of its clients’ lives.

This academic partnership is the first of its kind.

Isaiah House residents will have the opportunity to enroll in the Campbellsville University Technology Training Center’s welding program, which, according to Campbellsville University President Michael Carter, will provide 44 credit hours and allow students to become certified welders. The entire program will be completed on site in Willisburg.

“It’s a rigorous program that produces a welder who has a certificate in welding technology and is prepared to enter the workforce,” Carter said.

Isaiah House recently installed eight welding stations in its Mike Mullins Vocational Center that will be used for the program.

Isaiah House CEO and founder Mark LaPalme said the program is a valuable addition to the center’s already-exceptional care.

“This furthers our commitment to provide the absolute best possible treatment care in the country to our Kentucky clients, regardless of means,” LaPalme said. “Real hope for addiction is instilling hope, developing purpose and creating opportunity, and we take that charge seriously.”

The university also recognizes the eternal benefit of the partnership.

“We feel strongly that our primary mission is the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Campbellsville University Senior Vice President H. Keith Spears said. “Our secondary mission is education. Being able to partner with Isaiah House allows us to continue both missions in a new and exciting way.”

Jason Roop, director of Campbellsville University’s Technology Training Center, said the program will benefit both residents and employers in the future.

“This opportunity for clients will help them not only advance their vocational training, but give them added purpose and value in their professional careers,” he said. “Through obtaining a welding certificate, these clients can leave treatment with another tool in their tool box. Employers should aggressively seek after graduates of the CU Welding Technology program from Isaiah House. Not only will these graduates be skillfully trained and equipped for technical jobs, they will be some of the most grateful, compassionate and committed employees a company will have.”

In addition to offering a complete welding program, Isaiah House residents will also be able to take introductory courses in psychology and business. University staff and faculty plan to teach courses as residents continue with Isaiah House’s residential program.

“We are thrilled to begin this partnership with Isaiah House,” adjunct professor of business Wes Carter said. “To my knowledge, this will be the only university/recovery center partnership that takes courses into the center in the country. We want to show Campbellsville University’s servant leadership as we work to help these people in their recovery.”

According to Spears, courses are designed to encourage residents to consider pursuing further education upon completion of their treatment.

“We hope to see many future college and technical school graduates come from this partnership,” Spears said.