By Staff Reports
RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Jeremiah Hastings, a student at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the American Welding Society (AWS) Greater Huntsville Section. He placed 1st in the DeKalb County Career Tech Center Advanced Welding Competition held recently. Students from Alabama and Tennessee competed. In addition to the scholarship, Jeremiah was awarded a welding machine valued at $1,200 donated by D&F Equipment and a three year student membership in the American Welding Society, as well as other prizes.
Jeremiah was a NACC dual enrollment student at the Earnest Pruett Center of Technology in Hollywood. He will be completing his Associate in Applied Science (Industrial Systems Technology/Welding) degree at NACC in May 2017. Jeremiah plans to travel across the United States as a construction welder along with his brother who was a former NACC dual enrollment student.
Marty Bishop, NACC Welding Instructor/Advisor said, "Jeremiah is a hard working student and is at the top of his class. He has achieved many accomplishments while attending NACC such as multiple AWS certifications and NCCER certifications, and has placed in numerous welding competitions throughout the state."
NACC offers a state-of-the-art welding shop with modern welding booths for 18 students, a separate cutting room, piped-in welding gases, and enough welding machines to accommodate any common welding process. Students also have access to a virtual reality welding machine, which is used to evaluate and improve technique, and orbital welding equipment, used to join pipe tube in the energy, chemical, and pharmacology industries.
Instructors are industry-certified and skilled in their craft. Student may obtain certifications through the American Welding Society (AWS) in a number of welding processes and position.
Welders are in high demand—especially in Alabama—and that demand is expected to grow as industry grows and expands. According to America’s CareerInfoNet 2015, the occupational outlook for welders is very good. The median hourly wage for welders in the US is $17.99 and the projected percent growth in job positions for welders in Alabama through 2022 is 14%.
For more information about welding education opportunities at NACC, contact Marty Bishop, Welding Instructor/Advisor, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2811, or email him at email@example.com. His office is located in the Industrial Systems Technology Building on campus, office 103.