Kent ISD board president Andrea Haidle is not about to take up welding. But she was eager to see the new virtual welding laboratory that was recently installed by the Kent Career Tech Center.
“This is a big deal,” said Haidle, who donned a welding mask and tried the equipment, which uses simulated welding tools and video game technology to teach the art of fusing metal.
“Welding is an important skill,” she said. “More manufacturers seem to want to have people with this skill. This fills a niche we didn’t have.”
Welding is back in demand as the U.S. manufacturing sector is being restored, according to industry experts, who estimate more than 400,000 welding jobs will need to be filled by 2025.
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