ALBANY – A new career in a ‘hot’ career field.
That’s what Sandra Trewhella is pursuing in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Adult Welding Program.
Trewhella, who currently works in manufacturing in the textiles industry, spends three afternoons a week at the Albany campus learning the latest in orbital welding, shielded metal arc (stick) welding, pipe welding, manual air carbon arc cutting and much more.
“I am looking for a new career. I am currently a spring printer, but I want to do something different. I have never welded before, but I like the craftsmanship of welding and making something,” said Trewhella during a recent break from practicing her new-found skills.
Trewhella, of Catskill, is one 13 students enrolled in the current 10-month, 500-hour program that teaches adults the skills necessary to enter the workforce and the advanced skills sought after by employers. Students who complete the program earn certificates and find open doors in the industry where a shortage of workers has, for some businesses, stymied business growth.
“It’s fun and I am definitely learning,” Trewhella said of the class.
For more information on the adult welding program or the multitude of other adult programs, from culinary to barbering, visit: https://www.capitalregionboces.org/adult-education/classes-programs/