Fourteen Houston ISD students are certified welders thanks to a partnership between the district and Houston Community College.
Four seniors and 10 juniors from Austin High School graduated with Basic Welding Helper Certificates on Saturday. How did juniors earn the certificate? The courses the students took at Austin HS were dual credit and the juniors also completed required classes at HCC Southeast, which made them eligible for the certificate.
The path to the certificate was not simple. The students attended their regular classes at Austin HS during the day and then took up to three more classes after school. College Access Coordinator William Stickney said many of the students were in class for nearly 12 hours a day, Monday-Friday, during the spring semester.
Their hard work paid off. Each student will now be able to work as an entry-level welder and earn a minimum of $25-$30 an hour.
The following students earned a Basic Welding Helper Certificate: Seniors Jesus Lopez, Axel Macias, Santos Mendoza, Carlos Rangel; Juniors Jesus Arroyo, Mauricio Arroyo, Ozhiel Garza, Lizandro Gutierrez, Eric Medrano, Alberto Munoz, Guillermo Novoa, Marlon Reyes, Andres Saucedo, and Juan Carlos Vela.
Are you interested in joining this program? If you are and attend Austin HS, email William Stickney at email@example.com or Catherine Smith, a dual credit coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t attend Austin HS but want to participate, please contact Hilda Sustaita at Houston Community College by calling 713-718-7501 or emailing email@example.com.
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