Georgetown High School’s welding program is helping to seal bright futures for students

Georgetown High School’s Career’s Center helps students from several schools prepare to be job ready”as soon as they graduate. The school’s welding class is helping to seal bright futures. We’re in Georgetown county for our Cool School of the week.

Students are getting a hands on lesson and putting their skills to work in the welding class in the Georgetown High School Career Center. The Career Center serves students from each of the four high schools in Georgetown county.
Brian Clark director of the Georgetown High School Career Center. “The Career Center offers programs to students across GCSD. Students from Waccamaw, Andrews, Carvers Bay and GH can attend courses here. We offer programs in Graphic Arts and Communications, Culinary Arts, Welding, Fabrication, Agriculture Science, Building Construction, Auto Technology, Cosmetology, and Health Sciences.”

At the end of four years of high school, students are ready for the work force. “Pretty much when you leave out of Welding One, and move on to Welding Two, you’re already good enough to actually get a job starting out,” says welding instructor John Morris. “I get them jobs soon as they graduate. We’re talking 40 to 80-thousand dollars a year just out of high school,” says Morris.

Sixty-five students are in the welding program here at Georgetown High School, which includes four females. Ninth-grade student Sonny Chavis is one of them. She says, “I feel like i’m one of the boys, nothing different. It runs in my family, and I think its like a genetic thing, plus you make a lot of money from this. A lot of kids, they don’t get everything out of the book, so there are other kids where they need hands on learning, and this is perfect. As soon as we get here he takes attendance and then we’re out here welding until it’s time to go to our next class, and I think that’s how a lot of kids learn.” Principal Craig Evans says, “The welding program is a four unit completer program. We’re proud that we prepare all of our students for life after high school.”

Coming up Friday on News 2, we’ll present Georgetown High School with our Cool School award.

 

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