Move On When Ready Success Story
May 30, 2017 – The Move On When Ready (MOWR) program offers high school students an opportunity to enroll in college courses while still in high school. Students participating in the program may take various certificate, diploma, or degree program pathways and are not required to pay any out of pocket tuition.
Many local students have greatly benefitted from their experiences in the MOWR program. One of the most recent success stories is a Tattnall County High School senior, Shaun Hodges, who has participated in the MOWR Welding program offered at STC’s Vidalia Campus.
The Welding and Joining Technology program offers MOWR students the opportunity to earn various certificates or to complete their diploma pathway. By emphasizing welding theory and its practical application, this program is designed to prepare students for the diverse careers in the welding industry.
Shaun Hodges began MOWR classes the summer of his junior year. Unsure about his chosen path, Hodges states that the welding classes really “hooked him in” and opened him up to a field he would have otherwise not known. Guided by Michael Crumpler, the primary welding instructor, Hodges continued to increase his knowledge and skills within the program. In the fall of his senior year, he earned his certification in Welding.
After becoming certified, Shaun accepted a welding position, in Lyons, welding and fabricating dog kennels. “Anything to be weld, I weld,” says Hodges. The lead man was so impressed with Hodges’ skills that he hired him immediately to be a part of his team. “I have a little ego about it,” he says. “After they see my work they can’t believe I can weld so well for someone my age.”
Despite the fact that he is still in pursuit of his high school diploma, Hodges is already making more than entry level positions within his field. Hodges owes his success to the amount of hands-on experience that the MOWR Welding pathway has provided.
“Mr. Crumpler really knows what he is doing,” states Hodges. “It’s a good environment and you really feel at home.”
Shaun plans to continue in the Welding diploma program at STC after he graduates high school. As he continues advancing his welding certificate, Hodges gives some advice for students thinking about participating in the MOWR program through STC:
“Don’t be afraid to try something new. It may give you a feel for something you wouldn’t have known you were good at.”
For more information on STC’s Move on When Ready program please visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.