Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) student Jared Strokes of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District tries using a torch on Thursday under the watchful eye of teaching assistant John Chwaz.
Strokes is one of more than five dozen students currently enrolled in the CTE welding program, which is offered at the Albany CTE campus as well as the Mohanasen Center for Advanced Technology.
Students in the program learn American Welding Society standards and earn certifications that prepare them for a career in the welding industry.
“Opportunities in the welding field are endless … experts predict a significant shortage of certified welders in the future,” said Career and Technical Education Deputy Director Dr. Valerie Kelsey.
According to the ManpowerGroup — a human resources consulting agency — welding is one of the hardest segments of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled labor is the skilled trades, such as welders.