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Pandemic impacts visitations to schools such as the Career and Technical Center

The ongoing pandemic has impacted the way schools in the county proceed with their normal daily activities.  This means that it is uncertain when schools will be able to welcome visitors back into their buildings.  We have partnered with The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center to showcase the career and technical programs that they offer so that incoming juniors can make an informed decision in the circumstance that the school is unable to host upcoming visitations in person.  Programs will be spotlighted each month of the school year.  Students who are interested in enrolling in a program for the 2021-22 school year are invited to do so by visiting the CCCTC’s webpage (https://www.ccctc.k12.oh.us)  and completing the enrollment application which will be available starting January 1, 2021.  Any questions about the programs or the requirements for enrollment should be directed to Sue Allison, guidance administrator, at (330) 424-9561 ext. 118 or sue.allison@ccctc.k12.oh.us. 

The CCCTC program being featured in October is Welding and Fabrication. This very popular program normally fills up very quickly and is a favorite of students throughout the county. The many benefits of the program to students as well as the credentials that can be earned and articulation agreements available are some of the reasons for its popularity. Another reason is the outstanding welding instructor. Finally, local businesses know that hiring welding students from the CCCTC means they have skilled workers who can contribute to the success of their business on day one of employment.

Benefits of Being a

Student in the Program

There are many benefits to being a student in the Welding and Fabrication program. The biggest benefit to students is simply learning a skill that can provide them with job opportunities for the rest of their lives. Every person should have a skill. By successfully completing the Welding and Fabrication program, students have the opportunity to graduate from high school and make the same amount of money as a student leaving college without the burden of student loan debt.  This does not mean that students who enroll in the welding program can’t continue in post-secondary education.

If a student who is in welding decides that advancing their career beyond the credentials received in high school by attending post secondary is for them, they are already on their way with a learned skill.  Another great reason to have this skill is that if you were to pursue a different career after high school but something happens where you are no longer able to work in that field, one wouldn’t need to start over completely because he or she would already have the welding skills needed to find a good job.   

Credentials and Articulation

Agreements for the Program

Students who put effort into learning will leave the CCCTC with the credentials they need for success. Students enrolled in the welding program can earn their D1.1 Structural Steel Certifications in SMAW, FCAW, GMAW, GTAW. Also offered if time allows are the API 1104 and the B31.3 training for certification. Students will also receive an OSHA 10 training certificate and a Forklift Operator Card.  These certifications make it so a student can begin working while in school and then be hired full-time upon graduation.  

For students who want to continue their education beyond high school, the school has articulation agreements in place in order to simplify the transfer of credits from high school to post-secondary education for career-tech students.

The Welding and Fabrication program has two articulation agreements. The first is with Stark State College where students can receive credit for the following courses taken during their enrollment in the welding and fabrication program: Blueprint Reading, 3G Welding Certification Exam Prep, Welding Lab, and Principles of Welding. This allows students from the CCCTC to have a head start by having a possible total of 10 credits toward a Welding Technology Certificate when they enter the college. The second articulation agreement is with Eastern Gateway Community College where students can receive credit for the following courses: Gas Metal Arc Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding I, II, and III, Open Root Groove Welding on Plate and Pipe, and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. At EGCC, welding and fabrication students can start their post-secondary education already having a possible total of 28 credits toward an associate degree in Welding Technology.

Student Spotlight

While many students excel in welding and fabrication, the instructor, Mr. Mike Boyle would like to feature senior William Hardenbrook of the Crestview School District. William exemplifies what a welding student should be. He is the Welding Class President and displays all the great characteristics of a young man ready and capable of making a difference in the program and the world. William is a D1.1 Certified Welder in the FCAW process, and before he graduates he will be certified in many more areas. William is an A average student, a standout football player, and a good wrestler. In the classroom and welding lab, he is a focused and driven leader. William deserves to be recognized for his hard work and determination.

Instructor Spotlight

Mike Boyle, the high school welding and fabrication instructor has been in the welding field for 44 years. He has fulfilled many roles in the welding field. He started welding at the age of 15 years old at his father’s welding company known as Vern’s Welding Service, Inc.   Upon graduation of high school, he worked for the Ohio Operating Engineers Union in Akron, Ohio for 17 years as a welder-mechanic for the second largest construction company in the United States. Eight years ago, he started his own small company and was then hired on at the CCCTC as the Adult Education Instructor. In 2019 he was hired as the High School Welding Instructor. Mr. Boyle is a Certified Welder, a Certified Welding Inspector, and a Certified Welding Educator through the American Welding Society.  He is proud and excited to be the welding instructor at the CCCTC.  Mr. Boyle pursued a profession in welding because his father was not only the greatest welder he ever met, but he was also his hero. The opportunity to become an instructor at the CCCTC was extra special to Mr. Boyle because his father has since passed away, and becoming an instructor gives him the opportunity to continue his father’s legacy and pass his knowledge on to new generations of welders. He strongly desires to impart life skills to his students, skills needed to succeed, and to teach them to care about others along the way. 

Welding Program Benefits Local Businesses

This program is a benefit to local businesses. It helps fill the labor market with young entry level welders. Students are prepared with the skills to do the work but still requires some nurturing. According to the American Welding Society, the median age of welders is 55 years of age and climbing. It also reports that there will be a deficit of 400,000 welders in United States by 2024. Companies are struggling to find enough skilled welders to meet the demand. The CCCTC and Mr. Boyle have a priority of diligently training welders for the future to meet that demand.   

Any student who is interested in enrolling in the Welding and Fabrication Program should be prepared to complete the online application starting January 1st. As mentioned earlier, this program in incredibly popular and fills up quickly, so don’t delay on enrolling. Any questions about the programs can be directed to Sue Allison at extension 118 (sue.allison@ccctc.k12.oh.us) or Michelle Fitzsimmons at extension 158 (michelle.fitzsimmons@ccctc.k12.oh.us) at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center.

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