Fall welding signups open

Are you a fan of "Alaskan Steel Men"?  Do you wonder if welding is the career for you?  Would you like to try your hand at the craft?  If so, please consider the following invitation.

WHO: All JUSD students.

​WHAT: Open enrollment for stick welding.  The course will teach welding processes, ideas, theories and basic metallurgy, with the quarter's coursework split between lecture and hands-on welding.  Lab work will focus on joints (angles) and positions (flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead).

WHEN: Fall 2016.  The class begins Oct. 10, and runs Mondays through Thursdays, with lecture from 1:45 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. and lab instruction from 2:35 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.  The deadline to complete the sign-up forms is July 14.  Please visit http://www.rcc.edu/services/admissions/Pages/Concurrent-Students.aspx.

WHERE: Nueva Vista High School, with 15 newly built modern welding labs.

TV GLAMOUR?  Welding at Nueva Vista "is not as easy as what some of the TV shows portray," said welding instructor Jim Knieriem, who teaches at both Nueva Vista and Riverside City College.  The craft requires hand-eye coordination and proper head and body angles, he said.  "It takes some critical thinking to make some adjustments as you weld."

Students who meet those challenges reap terrific benefits; success over time leads to well-paying jobs in a growing industry.  More immediately, Mr. Knieriem said, "When (students) get a good weld, it's something they did on their own. … Every weld is unique, like a signature.  This is what gets them excited short-term: 'I did this.'"

SUCCESS STORIES: Following the inaugural year of welding instruction at Nueva Vista in 2015-16, three students are proceeding to more advanced welding classes at RCC, Mr. Knieriem said.  One has already made the transition and two are in the process of advancing.

For more information, please contact Mr. Knieriem at James.Knieriem@rcc.edu​