Onaway, MI:  Industrial Arts Institute (IAI), is honored to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 12th Cohort of students of the Comprehensive Industrial Welding Course, Mr. William (Bill) Hodges who retired as President of Michigan CAT in May of this year.

Mr. Hodges served as President of Michigan CAT since 2004. Michigan CAT is a privately owned full service Caterpillar Equipment Dealership in Michigan with over 1000 employees and 14 branch locations throughout the Lower Peninsula. Bill received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

“It is with great excitement and pleasure that I have the opportunity to address Industrial Art Institute’s- December 2018 graduating class”, states Mr. Hodges.  “These graduating cohorts exemplify the ongoing desire of IAI to provide a valuable education in welding curriculums in addition to generating a talented workforce who are anxious to contribute to the betterment of society.  I sincerely applaud the graduates and look forward to meeting and speaking with each of them”.  

He will address 21 graduates that have completed a 19 week Comprehensive Industrial -structural and pipe welding course with intense hands on training provided by IAI’s Certified Welding Educators/Inspectors Keith Raymond and Thomas Johnson in multiple disciplines of welding and fabricating. All students will graduate as certified welders with several industry credentials to begin their welding careers.

Tom Moran, President and Founder of Industrial Arts Institute & Moran Iron Works imparts, “Many people in the industry know Bill as a solid and noble corporate leader. I also know him personally as a very genuine man that is dedicated to his family and community.  He is a natural leader and has taken thoughtful ownership in IAI’s Noble Path- student finance program and of his position on the Board of Directors at the Industrial Arts Institute.  I always enjoy his insight and I am truly looking forward to his message to the graduates.”

The Industrial Arts Institute graduation ceremony for Cohort 12 is Friday, December 14, 2018 at 3:30pm at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, MI.

About Industrial Arts Institute:
The Industrial Arts Institute, licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs and a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, offers a premier comprehensive welding program that prepares students for successful & rewarding careers in the industry. IAI programs provide students with the support, knowledge & hands on application to become qualified & employable in the welding industry.

Mission Statement: Developing individual assets with time honored training to connect talent with industry.

Vision Statement: The Industrial Arts Institute is nationally recognized for its contribution to building the professional trades’ workforce by setting a new education model standard to empower next generations for wealth creation industries.  For more information, visit iaiworks.com. 

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