Newcastle High School could offer students an additional career option in the 2019-20 school year under a proposed welding certificate program. Kim Conzelman, the Newcastle outreach director for Eastern Wyoming College, told Weston County School District No. 1 trustees during their June 20 meeting that the students can begin as sophomores and graduate with a certificate in plate welding.
“They will start as sophomores and go through senior year. They will have 12 college credit hours, and during their second year of the program, they will have to take a double block of metal fab to meet the hour requirements,” Conzelman said. “By the end of this, they (the student) can be tested out and certified in plate welding.”
She noted that students in the program will double up on metal fabrication classes during their junior year, necessary in order to achieve the amount of contact hours required for the certification.