JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The NEA Career and Technology Center will soon offer a new program for area high school students.
Director Eddie Crain said local industrial companies have expressed a large need for welders in Northeast Arkansas.
Students will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the welding field during school hours.
The program will prepare them to take on a welding career right out of high school.
"All those jobs go unfilled," Crain said. "They are high-tech, very skilled positions. If we can give those students those skills, they can go out immediately and earn a great income."
Crain said they can make upwards of $50,000 in this field coming out of school.
"We serve 13 school districts, possibly more, so we want to give students in all these areas an opportunity to land a welding position locally that will give them a good life," Crain said.
NEACTC programs are free to students.