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From pencil to chipping hammer, ten Little Elm High School seniors will walk across the stage at graduation knowing their future is secured.
Students were afforded the opportunity meet with industry professionals in the classroom at LEHS during the first Welding Employment Open House. Representatives from Humphrey and Associates, a construction contracting company; and Dynaten Corporation, an engineering, mechanical contracting and maintenance company, attended the event.
During the open house, students listened as they learned about the companies, the different jobs, benefits, and salaries. The students led tours of the welding lab and demonstrated skills they have learned while attending LEHS.
Robert Del Angel, general superintendent for Humphrey and Associates said it was one of the best experiences he has had at any job fair or high school.
“As, we walked the shop, the students explained the swing set from conception to final product. Several students explained their roles in the drawing, cutting, assembling and load testing of the gantry and the scrap metal gondola that was built in-house at LEHS,” explained Del Angel. “Humphrey and Associates will offer willing and qualified graduates an opportunity of a paid internship; full scholarship to Construction Education Foundation to continue their craft training and a full time position upon completion of their course.”
Dr. Tony Tipton, executive director for Innovation said he’s extremely proud of the work that’s being done and what the future holds for students. “This opportunity for our students is unbelievable. We are creating a direct pipeline to high-wage, high-demand jobs that our students can obtain as soon as they graduate.”
The construction industry in DFW is booming and all indications are that it will continue for years. The research from the industry experts in attendance indicates that the growth in DFW will continue north into neighboring counties almost to the Oklahoma border. This provides decades of employment opportunities for welders and other skilled laborers.
Little Elm ISD has a robust Career and Technical Education program with more than 20 career pathways for students to choose. Welding has been in existence at LEHS for three years enrolling almost 200 students in the program in grades 9th-12th. Students can earn several industry-recognized certifications before they graduate high school making them very marketable to local welding companies.