By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Ensley Nichols

Today the Tuscaloosa Joint Apperentice Training Center hosted a joint workshop between local businesses and skilled labor instructors designed to train the future workforce.

This event provided continuing education to welding instructors and students statewide.

“Welding is involved in everything you build, and all building trades,” says McAbee President and Chief Operating Officer Gary Nichols. “It’s a wonderful career opportunity where you can make a lot of money, and guess what, not have any debt.”

This career path doesn’t require a four year college degree. In fact, right out of high school you can begin training, and be paid during apprenticeship programs.

High school students from around the state of Alabama, explored the latest welding equipment, learned new welding safety, technique, and saw demonstrations.

Many students said they’ve already decided on welding as their career path.

“It’s really fun and you can make money to support your family,” says Austin Lollar, a high student at Sipsey Valley High School.

“It’s making things with metal. It’s not easy, but it’s fun. When you get done, it’s going to stand up for what you put it through,” says Aaron Lishman, a high school student at Brookwood High School.

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