Dec 29, 2013

Eight students finish first adult welding class at Greenville Tech Center

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – Eight adults working to better their lives and opportunities in the workforce completed the first adult welding class at the Greenville Technical Center. The class was made possible through a collaborative effort between Greenville City Schools, Partnering 4 Progress and local manufacturers.

Career Technical Director David Peltz congratulated the students for being the first graduating class of the new welding program. He said, “I commend you for working through the program. You have some fantastic projects and hopefully you found the class to be very helpful.” Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries added, “We are happy that you came back to be a part of our school in the evening. It is our pleasure to work with the adults in our community and in our county. We know there is a need for welding out there. I appreciate you guys for taking the initiative to come back to get some further skills. It speaks highly of you.”

Peltz also praised the class instructors, “Cecil (Stewart) and Richard (Haney) did an outstanding job of working with you. I know they really enjoyed getting back in the classroom and working with you guys.” He continued, “I know they are proud of your efforts and what you’ve done.”

According to Haney, the students completed 90 hours in the classroom. One-third of the time was spent in the classroom and the remainder was in the lab. The goal was to prepare the students to pass an entry level welding test, which could open up job opportunities. The class was designed with input from area manufacturers and covered mig, arc and tig welding. Haney noted once the students gained an entry level position they would be able to refine their craft.

To help students find job opportunities, the class was visited by Dynamic Weld, of Osgood. The students will be given a job interview with the company. John Hefner is working with the class to prepare for an interview and to develop a resume.

Peltz was pleased with number of students taking the first class and added there is a possibility the class will be offered again in the spring.

Attending the graduation ceremony of the first adult welding class were (front row) students Manuel Melchor, Corey Kauffman, Candice Bowers, Richard Haney, instructor (back row) Cecil Stewart, instructor, students Lee Burton, Adam Burton, Chris Starns, Isaiah Hudson, Director David Peltz, and Greenville City Council President John Burkett. (Ryan Berry photo)

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