That's great to hear! There is only a handful of colleges and universities in the city, and they certainly don't publicize whatever scholarships they have for their welding and fabrication programs. Then again, it might be different here in Canada, but I'd think that the government would provide a lot of the learning tools for free, seeing as how the student loans and grants are already comparatively generous.
Reading up more on it, it turns out that most (all but one, actually) of the votech schools in my city have been closed or converted during the 90s, citing things like lack of funding and low enrolment. The one school that is currently operational was also closed down from 1996 to 2001, and has only been able to expand and upgrade its program through a fundraising effort from local businesses back in 2010 since the public school board refused to pay for it. I would also assume that it provides the tools needed to learn things like welding, but the information on their website is extremely scant, and I wasn't able to find whether there actually is a program to learn this one particular skill without having to be enrolled for the full school year.