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From left, Tyler Ford, Eric Jackson, Dakota Guy, Dustin Clawson and Walker Carswell gather next to a wood stove that they constructed as part of their welding class, for which they received dual credit, both at ACHS and MCC.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-05-08 13:57:58
Last modified: 2013-05-08 13:57:58

Welding program sparks interest

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Mayland Community College held an open house on Monday, April 29, at its metal shop to highlight the work completed by students in its welding program, which provides Avery County High School students with the opportunity to both learn a valuable trade and earn credit toward both their high school and college goals.
Welding instructor Jason Lonon explained that the open house was designed to give both the public and school leaders the opportunity to see the valuable results of the class. According to Lonon, high interest from students and families, combined with an increasingly broad scope of projects means that the MCC welding program is currently expanding, seeking to meet the needs of students and improve the opportunities available to them.

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