Welding Class Growth

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We’re always excited to hear about young people taking welding classes, but a rise in attendance?  A renewed interest in welding?
Well, that we just love!

Popularity of welding on the rise at ASUMH

DEB PETERSON • BULLETIN STAFF WRITER • SEPTEMBER 7, 2009

In just four years, the welding program at Arkansas State University Mountain Home has grown from two instructors and seven students borrowing space at Mountain Home High School to three instructors and 40 students who have very nearly outgrown the welding shop on the university campus, equipped with 20 machines.

arkansas‘”I always thought I would teach a class or two,” said lead instructor Brandon Pickett, who helped start the program.  “I didn’t expect it to become so big.  Everyone absolutely loves it.”

Karen Hopper, associate vice chancellor for research, special projects, and distance learning at ASUMH, is responsible for coming up with the idea in the first place.

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