The Harrison Career Center has added a new program to its career-technical offerings. Students who want to become welders now have that opportunity.
The Career Center offered a welding class many years ago, but closed the program due to a lack of student interest.
"After conducting a student survey at Harrison Central High School, we found that the interest level for welding had definitely increased," stated superintendent Richard Schoene. "With renewed student interest, and the influx of the oil and gas industry, it was just a natural fit to try and add a welding program to our curriclulm," he added.
Students who enroll in the program will use advanced welding techniques to design, build and troubleshoot complex manufacturing solutions. They will make, cut and repair various types of metals utilizing different types of welds. They will also learn how to interpret project blueprints and specifications while applying an extensive knowledge of materials.
The class will provide students with a basic understanding of arc welding, oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, plasma cutting, carbon arc, gas metal arc welding, tungsten inert gas welding, shielded metal arc welding, fabrication, blueprint reading, welding symbols and welding safety.
Greg Guthrie, a local welder and businessman, is instructing the course and offers 30 years of experience in the field. "We are fortunate to have an instructor with AWS certification and the amount of real-world experience as Mr. Guthrie," stated Harrison Career Center's Head Teacher Larry Bossell.
Guthrie hopes to pass his knowledge on to his students. "We have nine students currently in the program," Guthrie said. "These students are extremely enthusiastic and I'm trying to make this an enjoyable learning experience for them," he added.
For more information about the new welding program, or any other program, contact the Harrison Career Center at (740) 942-2148.