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GBC Foundation announces welding lab expansion campaign underway

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A Great Basin College welding student pauses from his work to give the thumbs up in the welding shop. 

ELKO – Great Basin College Foundation, the nonprofit partner of Great Basin College, is seeking support for the Great Basin College Welding Lab Expansion Project.

GBC has had a successful welding program for over 20 years. Recognizing the workforce need in rural Nevada for more skilled welders, Great Basin College approached the Nevada System of Higher Education for support to renovate and expand the existing welding lab on the Elko Campus in hopes of training more students to accommodate the ever-growing workforce need for skilled welders in rural Nevada. The Welding Lab Expansion has been authorized with $5.8 million as a public works project.

Welding is a necessary skill for today’s technicians and field mechanics as well as those who want to develop a career in metal fabrication. The Great Basin College’s Welding Department has become the center for welding technologies in Northeastern Nevada. GBC offers the Welding Technology Certificate of Achievement (CT) and by taking 14 additional credits a student can earn the Welding Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree. With highly qualified instructors, GBC provides the opportunity to learn the standard methods of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), as well as Oxyfuel, Air Carbon Arc, and Plasma Arc Cutting. Great Basin College also has Certified Welding Inspectors on staff so students can earn an American Welding Society (AWS) certification.

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Proposed expansion site at Great Basin College for welding lab

The proposed expansion site for the welding lab at the Elko Great Basin campus near Lund Hall is pictured. 

This expansion will increase the welding shop/classroom space by 4,500 square feet. Plans also include renovating the existing space to improve student safety, as well as provide ADA access. Upon completion, this new space will increase student capacity, allowing Great Basin College to admit and graduate more students from the Welding Programs.

Assembly Bill 492 was signed on June 4, 2021 authorizing and providing funding for certain projects of capital improvement including the Welding Lab facilities located on the Great Basin College Elko Campus. The estimated cost is $6.4 million dollars. Of that estimate, Great Basin College has committed a match of $600,000 toward this public works project. Several opportunities are available to sponsor the space at different levels, including 26 welding lab booths in need of furniture, fixtures, and equipment for $5,000 each. 

Great Basin College Foundation Director, Geneil White, explains, “Great Basin College was founded and funded by passionate local individuals. No contribution is too small to make a difference when enough people who care come together for a common goal. This project will provide opportunities for students seeking a career in Welding Technology, benefit employers needing the workers, and should enhance the local economy in the long-term by filling a vital industry workforce need.”

Accepting philanthropic contributions on behalf of Great Basin College, the Great Basin College Foundation is seeking support from business entities and individuals to invest in the future of our students. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. To learn more about how you can contribute to this campaign please visit: or contact the Foundation Office at (775) 753-2260. Great Basin College Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3). Contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent of the law. 


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