Originally Posted by oldred
That's 80 bucks well spent and considering the cost of welding it has to be one of the better bargains! There are simply too many myths and bad habits associated with welding and unfortunately all too often these just get passed back and forth by well intentioned but ill-informed friends who weld but are not pros. A good welding class is the best investment a beginning welder can make because once bad habits are acquired they can be hard to break.
One of the benefits in living in a small rural county with high unemployment amoungst it's younger citizens. Our JC is very focussed upon not only providing the typical academic college courses, but also in providing a well structured VocEd program as well. The VocEd courses are run in conjunction with several of the local high schools which could not by themselves fund the classes.
The welding school produces around 10-15 AWS certified welders a semester. Most of the kids are finding good paying jobs with the oil/gas companies, copper mines and with clean room/hospital piping contractors. In addition to the welding school, they have a great training program for the health care industry as well.
This program is one area where I feel that we are getting a good return on our tax dollars. It is great to see state, county and local governments actually working together to help prepare our kids for the future.