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Photo of mom and son welding students.

Spring 2013 Noncredit Schedule

After six years working successfully in HVAC, Vince Viscomi decided to switch to a career in welding and enrolled in AACC’s STICK welding program. Little did he know when he took his mom, Marcie Smith, along to check out the facilities and meet the instructor that she would sign up for the TIG welding course and earn her certifications in working with aluminum, carbon steel and stainless.  For years Marcie has been working to restore an old ’71 Chevelle.

“I got to talking to AACC instructor Don Hodges from Earlbeck, and he encouraged me to take the TIG welding class. I’m really glad a I did. I really learned a lot,” she said. 

Vince earned his certification in STICK welding and is looking for a job right now. “Vince was a great student and would be an asset to any company,” said Hodges. “Our training turns out some of the most talented students in the area. Ask anyone who hires welders. Vince developed great skills. He truly excelled in class and would be  an asset to any company."   

Marcie said the hands-on training worked well for her. “At first, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do this. But once they teach you the fundamentals and then show you and work with you hands-on, you go into your booth and practice, practice, practice and you learn it. I never had so much fun.” 

She, too, is seeking employment as a welder, and she said she liked knowing she had better skills to work on her ’71 Chevelle, too.