Welding students at the UAM College of Technology-McGehee were recently certified by the American Welding Society. AWS certification is required for many welding positions in manufacturing operations. The students were required to perform a weld under supervision that was tested by an AWS inspector to ensure the weld conformed to AWS code. The welding technology program at the McGehee campus begins in August and includes blueprint reading, basic welding, shielded metal arc welding and continues through the spring and summer terms with MIG, TIG and Pipe Welding. All 12 students are slated to graduate June 30. Pictured from left are (front row) Erasmo Mondragon of Lake Village, A. J. Etheridge of Lake Village, Rodrick Morgan of McGehee, Alan Jackson of Dermott, Jeremy Mangum of Rohwer, Jack Hill of Monticello, (back row) Sharon Cantrell, assistant vice chancellor of the McGehee campus, Vice Chancellor Bob Ware, Kelsey Chew, San Francisco, Calif., James Cathey of Eudora, Anthony Handley of Montrose, Garrett Skidmore of Camden, Alex Mondragon of Lake Village, Justin Manley of Montrose, and Gary Burt, instructor of welding technology.