Students at Halifax County High School who seek a career in welding have a unique opportunity to learn and perfect those skills in the welding classes offered in the Career and Technical Education Department, according to Debra Woltz, career and technical education coordinator.
They may take a one semester welding I class as a sophomore or junior and take a two-semester welding II class the next year.
Students have the opportunity to earn the coveted National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certifications, which enters them into a database of qualified welders for search by potential employers.
The industry-based certification is just one way students at the high school are preparing themselves for employment after graduation, said Woltz.
In addition, the school has a mentorship/internship program with Comfort Systems USA where students have the opportunity to work part of the school day.
This allows the student to experience what life after high school would be like and gives them the experience required for most full-time employment, said Woltz
Students who recently earned those certifications are Johsten Whitmore, Nathaniel Martin, Kolby Fisher, Ryan Duffer, Bryan Ayscue, Michael Satterfield, Wyatt Francis, Mollie Conner, Christopher McGhee, Ethan McKinney, Welby Foster, Dylan Irby, Morgan Davis, Gavin Wade, Hunter Conner, Luke Fulcher, Deontae Hamlett, Tyrin Hendren, Harley Ligon, Jacob Noggler, Noel Seda, Chase Powell, Jordan Coleman, Mason Bowen, Phillip Bentley, Mark Gallegos, Gerald Burnett III and Richard Conner.