Welding program at Wallace Community College sees increasing popularity

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The Wallace Community College welding program provides a lot of workers for businesses throughout southeast Alabama.

It's a growing field and schools program is quickly filling up.

Alex Hewett says welding is something he just had to do.  "I'm working with my hands and getting dirty everyday and loving it," says Hewett.

Hewett moved to Dothan from Mobile just to attend the welding program at Wallace Community College.

"For my future this is where I need to be," adds Hewett.

And Hewett isn't the only one.  The program is filling up fast and school administrators are considering increasing class sizes in coming semesters.

"This is the fullest I've ever seen the classrooms," says student Jo-Anna Jordan.

Its news the school isn't surprised to hear.  Welding jobs are expected to increase 5% in the next 5 years and demand in the wiregrass is expected to increase 2.71%.

"You know we're all here for the money," explains Hewett.

A career and a skill Hewett and others say they're grateful for.

State reports suggest the increase in automotive plants is helping fuel the welding workforce.

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