tips for teAChers ideAs for teAcHers a great way to make the idea of a welding career real is to have students create a “dream job” classified ad. after they use the Websites listed in this section, ask them to do some research about welding jobs that fit their interests. then turn the Teachers can play a vital role in showing students the many opportunities weld- ing opens. An emphasis on collaboration and logical thinking can give students the basic skills needed to pursue a variety of careers. Additional classroom exercises focused on building, following directions and working as a team can also lay a strong foundation. responses into an ad that fits their skills and career goals perfectly. 1 What activities do you like to do? Are they done mostly indoors or outdoors? (Welding workplaces vary from being underwater or at the peak of a skyscraper to an automobile manufacturing plant or the laboratory of a technology campus.) 2 What are your favorite school subjects and activities? (Students who have a firm grasp of math, science and communication would do well in a welding career.) 3 do you enjoy working on projects alone or with a large group? (Welders can take pride in their contribution to the team effort of building a bridge or the art- Regardless of which aspect of the welding industry attracts a student, a grounding in math and science is a great foundation. Employers also value communication, so a well-rounded education can help your students succeed whether they are fabricating medical devices or communications satellites. Shop classes, of course, can be a practical way to open the door to a welding career. For more ideas and resources, check out www.educa- torsinwelding.com. It is a great tool for educators and counselors to get additional information on careers in welding, network with fellow educa- tors, and get curriculum and recruiting resources. istry of creating a unique sculpture on their own.) 4 What job holds the most interest for you at this time? (What have you learned about welding through your research?) 5 Where do you want to live when you enter the workforce? (unlike many other careers, welding jobs are available in all states.) adapted from original exercise in education world, www.educations-world.com for local welders to share their passion. is a program that teams students up to solve problems. Students build cars, ro- bots and support structures to compete with other teams from all over the world on the basis of originality and teamwork. Internships for teachers can also give you real-world experience. When you come back to class with stories about things you made, it will fire kids up to find a meaningful career. Another wonderful hands-on pro- gram is SkillsUSA (www.skillsusa. org/compete/contests.shtml). En- courage your students to participate in one of the many Champions at Work programs, which includes a section on welding, that requires students to demonstrate their ability to measure weld replicas, cut accurate holes using oxy-acetylene equipment and even do arc welding. The Educators section has more details about getting involved. resources Workforce3One (www.workforce3one. org) is a public collaborative that collects the latest resources and strategies to build the workforce of the future. Through podcasts,“Webinars,”white papers and a social networking site, you can learn how to reach students in new ways. Bring a Welder to the Classroom You can bring the vague idea of a welding career to life by inviting guest speakers from local companies to share stories from their daily lives. Look to local manufacturers, or construction companies for possible speakers. Job fairs and career days are opportunities For teachers dedicated to letting kids build their own future, Odyssey of the Mind (www.odysseyofthemind .com) The student chapters of the Ameri- can Welding Society (www.aws.org) are a wonderful resource for speakers, contests and scholarship opportunities. surf the web t e l l p a r e n t s t h e y c a n fi n d l o t s o f c a r e e r i n f o r m a t i o n a t t h e n a t i o n a l c e n t e r f o r W e l d i n g e d u c a t i o n a n d t r a i n i n g , a t w w w . w e l d - e d . o r g . this site provides access to: America’s Career Resource Network (http://cte.ed.gov/acrn/teachers/ careerexpclassrm.htm) can make strengthening the link between work and school easier. The story of one teacher’s dedication to showing her students that everyone can succeed is inspiring. ✳ ✳ Different types of careers. ✳ The knowledge and skills needed to enter these careers. ✳ Information about education and training opportunities needed to prepare for a chosen career. another good place to browse with your teen is the american Welding society’s website, www.aws.org.