Weekend welding class geared toward non-typical students

Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 4:51 PM CDT
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If you consider yourself as a "fix-it" kind of person, Wallace Community College might have an opportunity for you. And no - you don't have to be a typical student to make the grade.

"It's designed for an individual to come in and learn how to cut, ox-fuel cut, learn how to stick weld, mig weld, tig weld, things of that nature,” said Joe Johnson, Director of Workforce Development at Wallace Community College.

Welding Technology has taken off so much that they've added a weekend course, designed for people who want to learn a thing or two about this skill

"At a basic level, it gives an individual the skill sets to come in and if they need that to be useful on their shop or on their farm, it gives them the skill set to be able to do that."

The school saw a need for people who work on a farm or have their own shops, so they can repair their machinery. For those looking for a welding career, students such as Phillip Conor can make $13-15 an hour right out of school.

"Everything requires a welder. Buildings, cars, trains, airplanes - welding is one of the biggest trades there is."

It's so popular; the school's weekend class has already filled up. But don't worry, if you're interested, there are still openings in July.

The class costs $300.00 and runs from 7:30-12:30 P.M. for five consecutive Saturdays. Johnson says you can contact the school if you are interested in signing up this summer.