There is a waiting list to get into welding class at North Hills High School.
“The class is so much fun,” said senior Anna Marchese, 17, as she secured her safety goggles and ignited a welding torch. She is the first female to take the class since North Hills began offering it in 2013.
“The hardest part has been mastering a T-joint weld,” she said, referring to the difficult angles required. “It took me a couple of weeks to get it down.”
Four years ago, the district’s Technology Education Department partnered with Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to add the College In High School (CHS) Welding Program to its curriculum. It includes four courses that concentrate on machining, castings, welding, milling, fabrication, and materials testing.