Welding program provides job opportunities for Elmira students

Teacher David Johnson told KEZI 9 News about six students have been hired right out of high school in the past four years.

Posted: Mar 13, 2019 5:06 PM

ELMIRA, Ore. -- Students at Elmira High School have the opportunity to learn more than just carpentry -- they can learn how to weld too.

The three-level welding program has been offered for a little more than three years. Each level is a semester long. Students in the second and third levels get a chance to earn college credits for Lane Community College.

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Students learn how to do several different types of welding, including MIG and TIG.

The program prepares students to work in the industry right away.

“Every once in a while, I will get a call or an email requesting that I suggest a student for hiring,” CTE instructor David Johnson said. “And I’ve probably had six students in the four years that have been hired right out of high school.”

Johnson also teaches the carpentry and automotive courses.

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