One Class at a Time: Sparks fly at Washington Comm. High School

Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 11:02 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON (25News Now) - Daniel Thornton is welding a better future for his students.

He’s only in his third year at Washington Community High School and has seen the demand for welding grow inside his workshop.

“I started off teaching auto and welding, and after the first year there was such a demand for the welding that I just teach welding now,” he said.

And there’s a high need for welders across the region.

“We’re losing out on the baby boomer generation,” he said.

He says that with the money, he’ll upgrade some of the welding coats, gloves and helmets.

“My joy is coming in for the kids,” he said. “I lost my dad seven years ago and he always said, find something you enjoy doing and you’ll never work another day in your life.”