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Former student touts TCTC’s benefits

Andru Barker speaks to students

Former student Andru Barker, who graduated from the Thunderbolt Career & Technology (TCTC) Center in Walterboro earlier this year, spoke Thursday to students in the school’s Welding I class.

Barker was a completer in the welding program, and he told students about how it took him three years to complete the welding program; how he didn’t take it seriously in the beginning; how he still remembers lessons taught by Mr. Robinson during his freshmen year; the importance of staying focused; and how safety is a must! Barker also talked about the various competitions that the welding students will have an opportunity to compete in.

Barker is now working with a local welding company in the Charleston area, and because he received his National Center for Construction Education and Research certification through TCTC’s program, he’s making double the salary that he was first offered. He performs mostly stick and mig welding on the job.

Barker pointed out that there’s a lot of money in pipe welding. He stressed that math is very important in the world of work; he uses Geometry on the job. Barker will have the opportunity to travel with his company to various states to work on different contracts. He advised the students to travel the world working as a Welder before they decide to settle down with a wife and kids. In closing, Barker said that the work is hard, but it’s worth it in the end.