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How to Make Good Money Out of High School as a Welder

The closer you get to graduation, the more people seem to ask you, “What are you doing after high school?” It can be a really hard question to answer. A four-year college isn't the right path for everyone – especially when the average college student graduates with around $30,000 of debt or more.

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AWS Scholarship Application Tips And Advice

The American Welding Society Foundation will award more than $2 million in scholarships in 2022, and the deadline to apply for most National, District, and Section Scholarships is March 1. Here’s some advice on how to make your application the best possible.

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From Serving the Nation to Welding Innovation

ELCo Enterprises Inc. — a Michigan-based provider of welding wire products, torches, and cell support equipment — has always prided itself on supporting veterans in any way it can. The company was founded by a veteran, employs veterans, honors those who served, and has benefited from its association with the armed forces.

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Back to School Series: A Recipe for Success During Welding School and Beyond

Welcome back to the third part of the series. In this feature, we are going to spend some time covering best practices for student success when attending welding school.

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New AWS Welding Workforce Data Website Shines a Light on the Welding Industry

When it comes to the welding industry, reports commonly cite outdated statistics or inaccurate information. To be the industry leader in statistical data, the AWS Foundation launched Welding Workforce Data, a website dedicated to sharing accurate welding workforce statistics and projections.

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Back to School Series: Welding Tools for First-Time Welding Students

Hello, future welding students! Welcome back to the second part of the series, where we explore the tools needed for your welding classes.

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Manufacturing Day 2021

Manufacturing Day or MFG Day, which officially falls on October 1, is the kick-off for manufacturing’s biggest celebration of the year that goes all month long!

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More than a Welding Apprenticeship: John Deere

High school welding apprentices at John Deere’s Davenport, Iowa, and Moline, Illinois, facilities got a surprise this summer. In addition to learning pulse welding, laying the perfect bead, and mastering weld sizes, Deere required their apprentices to take a communications course through a partnership with Iowa State University’s (ISU) English Department.Apprentice Ana Burke Welding Apprentice Ana Burke welding. 

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Making It Happen – Switching to a Career in Welding While Raising a Family

The thought of changing careers can bring up a wide range of emotions. At first, it’s exciting to think about getting out of your current dead-end job and doing something that’s more fulfilling. However, you may also be anxious about making it happen with your family responsibilities.

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DIY Welding Project: Laptop Table

Here's something fun for the mini welders: DIY welding activities! Stephanie Hoffman of the AWS Foundation has teamed up with her daughter to encourage the next generation of welders to weld and create. This week's project: Laptop Table

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Back to School Series: PPE for the First-Time Welding Student

It's official you signed up for welding class and are beginning the first steps to investing in your future. Good choice! Now let's help you get the most out of that education by giving you a handful of tips, tricks, and advice for this journey to a rewarding welding career. You probably think that with all the money you just dropped on this education that you should be good to go, and you won’t have to spend any more cash until next semester or your next class. Well, unfortunately, that's not -always going to be the case, as getting welding training is quite a bit different than any other traditional study or program. 
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Your welding class is most likely going to require essential hand tools for daily tasks and course activities and the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) to perform the course objectives safely. You're also probably going to have to purchase a few books for class along the way. The good news here- all the tools, books, and PPE you buy for school will be a major asset and used again when you graduate and start that first job as a welder. 

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The Challenges of Starting a Welding School

As a welding instructor, I have often dreamt about opening my own welder training facility but have always looked at it as an unobtainable dream. I can’t even begin to imagine how would I prepare myself to make my very own school a reality. With this in mind, I thought I would love to talk to someone with first-hand experience — so I asked Scott Raabe, who recently did the very thing I find so unobtainable in starting Precision Welding Academy, Katy, Tex. He gave me a glimpse into his teaching styles and what it takes to open a training facility.

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