POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Career Center offers several vocational classes for area high school students to learn a trade.
Of those classes, welding is offered in four levels.
The first two levels are to teach students the introductory skills and give them interest in the field of welding, according to Brent Hereford, instructor. The students in the upper levels work toward certifications.
The first year students recently completed their first project, which was making anvils out of railroad track.
Kadann Bonecutter is a first-year welding student under the instruction of Hereford. She explained that the welding class — and other vocational programs at the career center — operates as a workplace, but also a high school. This means in the class, they have welders and safety managers.
“What I want to go into is the safety manager side and the inspection side of welding,” Bonecutter said. She said in her future she would like to work in a plant.
In the future, the welding classes will be making new bleachers for Point Pleasant High School.
“As a student, I think it’s really important to give back to the school I’m going to,” Bonecutter said.
Some of the students will complete projects brought in by the public. One class fixed a horse trailer for a local farmer. Another student built a dog cage for a local citizen’s ATV side-by-side.
The classes also hold fundraisers by selling metal signs that they cut with plasma cutters.
“You learn a lot about yourself in the class,” Bonecutter said. “This class builds a lot of responsibility too. We’re young adults using these machines and being trusted.”
The career center held a fall festival, which included a trebuchet made by the welding students to throw pumpkins.