Dual enrollment

Pictured are students from across St. Clair County who are taking a dual enrollment welding course at Eden Career Technical Center. Seated, from left, are Jerrett Bice, Bailey Marley, Emma Rae Swofford, Destanie Rainey, Triston Bittner and Chase Bowlin. Standing, from left, are Andy Bantoja, Colby Stanford, Devin Owen, Bryant Nichols, Christian Hammett, Dylan Sparks and Chris Tipton.

Gary Hanner/St. Clair Times

ASHVILLE – Dual Enrollment Welding is being offered on campus at Eden Career Technical Center.

Adrianne Dodgen, assistant principal at ECTC, said she’s excited to have the opportunity to offer this.

“This is a first for our campus,” she said. “We were fortunate to partner with Jeff State Community College in Pell City to offer this dual enrollment course at no cost to our students.”

Welding instructor Matt Loggins was certified through Jeff State to teach welding to the students on site at ECTC.

Dodgen said because welding is considered a high-demand, highly-skilled job, Central Six Workforce Development has offered grant funds through Jefferson State that will pay for tuition and supplies for the welding students.

“This means students enrolled in the DE welding class will also earn college credits through Jeff State while still in high school,” she said. “Students enrolled in this class must have and maintain a 2.5 grade point average to be eligible to participate in this program.”

So, if a student enrolls in this course as a sophomore, he or she will have the opportunity to earn up to 27 college credits and may also have summer enrollment opportunities.

“Mr. Loggins has done a wonderful job teaching this class, and his students have worked hard to earn the college credits,” Dodgen said. “I am hopeful that we will be able to offer dual enrollment courses in some of the other programs that we offer at Eden Career Tech.”