It’s not your father’s shop class any more, and today with welding, students enjoy and profit from learning a skill.
At Durango High School, students get right to work. “I think it’s good that they get to work on something that’s interesting to them. … They get more involved in the class,” said Durango High School metal-working instructor Klint Chandler. “I think they get a life skill out of this welding class that they can use any time throughout their life.”
“I looked online – it was like $600,” said the sophomore. “I’m making this for $60.”
The students at DHS who take welding earn Career and Technical Education credit. The credit is required for graduation and includes agricultural, business, and trade courses such as vetrinary medicine, carpentry, and sports and entertainment marketing.
Beginning welders can make $50,000 a year. Some of Chandler’s graduates have graduated to work in a mine at $28 an hour.