Flathead Valley Community College is receiving top honors for their welding program.

The welding program is now certified as "nationally accredited" by the American Welding Society.

FVCC is only the second school in Montana to be certified, and one of 93 nationwide.

FVCC Director of Technical Careers and Education Pete Wade says that technical careers like welding have become more competitive, so adding this certification to their program will help improve students’ chances of getting a job.

"Baby boomers are retiring so if you had welder baby boomers, they're not going to be there anymore.  They've already retired, they're about to retire, or they're going to retire in a few more years.  So that's creating a lot of jobs in skilled trade areas, and not just welding," said Wade.

The award can help former students, too.

Turns out program graduates who want to be certified by the "American Welding Society" can pay what we're told is a small fee and take a test at the school.