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Lifelong Learning’s welding classes at NHHS a bargain

About 20 students in two classes are nearing completion of the first such Lifelong Learning welding class at North Harrison High School.
“This class is very affordable, $50 for eight sessions,” said class member Tracy N. Lasley of New Salisbury.
Another reason she was attracted to the class is logistics: “It’s nearby,” she said.
Lasley, a housekeeper/nanny by day, is studying welding techniques not to enter a new career but in conjunction with, would you believe, stained glass art? “My interest in welding is with stained glass and mosaics,” she said. “I thought it would be interesting to put 3D into my projects.”
For others, said Lifelong Learning director Tom Powers, students who successfully complete the course can put the skill to use on the job. The skill allows workers to repair machinery, farm equipment, trucks, and possibly get a job. The certificate necessary for that will be awarded on completing the course.
“Farmers who need a second job know how to weld, but they don’t have a certificate,” Powers said. “With a certificate, they can walk in and get a job.”
Students at North Harrison High School in Ramsey use welding bays in the classes, taught by William T. Nichols of Lanesville, who is also president of the Harrison County Farm Bureau.
The $50 course fee is a bargain, Powers said, because the class runs from $175 to $300 at technical schools such as Ivy Tech State College in Sellersburg.
North Harrison has contributed its vacant welding bays to help the class get underway. Welding was discontinued at North Harrison about three years ago, after the instructor retired and the board didn’t think a suitable replacement could be located.
“From our standpoint, we want to help Lifelong Learning any way we can,” said Monty Schneider, superintendent of the North Harrison Community School Corp. “We feel it’s a benefit to the community … ”
Powers said North Harrison spent about $1,000 on the project, and Arc Weld Inc. of Corydon contributed the gas and welding rods. At least one employer, Corydon Stone & Asphalt Inc., paid tuition for six students.
An advanced welding course will be offered later, Powers said.