[STUDENT] I chose the Welding program because: one, it interested me, always, and two: it just seemed like a good career to get into. It’s taking two pieces of metal and melting them together. You can make all kinds of things out of it. You get to play with all these cool tools. It’s fun. [INSTRUCTOR] To take something as unyielding as steel and being able to build things, build shapes, buildings, skyscrapers, I’ve never lost my interest in the wonder of what we can do with metal. There are so many pathways out of our Welding program that students, all they have to do is pick a direction and go. [STUDENT] My life was pretty hard. I didn’t actually graduate. I left school to get into construction. I was always a laborer. I couldn’t get the jobs that I really wanted to get because I didn’t have any kind of education, and I was seeing that that was holding me back. And so by me going to school now, it opens up doors. There’s so many avenues of help: the teachers, the students. And they don’t want you to fail in this school; they want to help you. And that’s just awesome. [INSTRUCTOR] The faculty and staff here really work on trying to make everybody welcome. I’ve had students from the age of 16 to 70, and I’m excited that they choose us and ask me to teach them. We’re all climbing the same ladder, but yet we’re all going in different places. By three quarters, they should have a better idea of where it is that they want to go. They can spend those last two quarters focusing on that and getting ready for that next step. [STUDENT] I knew nothing coming into this, absolutely nothing about welding. And now that I’m close to the end, I’m so confident that I know what I’m doing when I go out into the workforce instead of just jumping out there and being scared. You’re learning everything about welding, and that’s what’s great about this program. If you’re a hands-on person, this is something you might want to get into because you made that piece. [INSTRUCTOR] If you’re excited about something, chances are you’re going to excel at it. My mission is to help my students find that thing that ignites them and gets them fired up to go to work every morning. [STUDENT] If you put your mind to something and you work towards it, things come out of it you weren’t expecting. I’m definitely now a lot more confident. This program has helped me see the future of where I need to be and want to be, and this is how I’m going to get there. Clover Park has helped me get where I want to be.