Stafford Juniors Focused on Welding Future

Stafford Juniors Focused on Welding Future
Posted on 10/24/2018
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Four Stafford High School juniors are building career skills and reversing a national trend.

According to the American Welding Society, only five percent of welders are female. It is an in-demand profession, especially in the Greater Houston area, and there’s currently a shortage of 200,000 welders on the job market.

Stafford High juniors Kaitlyn Ly, Brianna Velasquez, June Lee and Madysen Lozano have been interested in welding since they began talking Welding classes at the Stafford College & Career Center as freshmen in the fall of 2016.

“I wanted to find something applicable and something I could stay with throughout my high school years,” Ly said. “I am planning on going into the United States Air Force and then becoming a welder. It is very rewarding when you create something, and it looks right.”

Velasquez became interested in welding through her older brother, who took welding classes at Stafford before graduating in 2014.

She hopes to enter a career where she creates medical devices. She knows that welding is an important skill in that field.

Lee also learned about welding through a relative. Her long-term plan is business management, but she plans on living in a rural area where building things on her own will be important.

“I’ve always fascinated by making things by fire,” Lee said.

Lozano said she is considering a career in welding, as well as a career as a Kindergarten teacher. Regardless of which one she chooses, she knows that welding will still be a part of her life in some capacity.

Whether the students became professional welders or not, two things are for sure. They are already OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administation) Certified, and they will graduate from Stafford in 2020 with Welding Certificates from Houston Community College.