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Local student and soon to be DHS graduate Kirstin Porter has become the first high school student to complete an Occupational Endorsement in Welding through the Career Advancement Center (CAC) in Delta Junction.

Porter started taking dual-credit or tech prep classes offered in the high school as a freshman in 2014. She tested out of one class, proving she had the knowledge to move forward, and passed the others. After completing those, she attended night welding classes at the CAC, instructed by her dad, Sam Porter, who is a welder by trade.

When asked if classes were any easier with a parent as an instructor, she laughed with her reply, “No, actually I had to work harder to prove myself.” 

After finishing the adult night classes, Porter committed to finishing the endorsement by taking the last two required classes at UAF in Fairbanks – which means that she put a lot of miles on her rig making the drive three times a week for two months.

In addition, she also held down a part-time job in Delta. With all that driving and gas usage, it’s no question where her paycheck went, although Porter, with her fresh welding endorsement, said it was all worth it.

The Career Advancement Center offers a range of UAF Community Technical College classes throughout the year with night classes offering tuition discounts. If you are interested in classes or learning more about the center, contact Stacy Peterson at 895-4605 or speterson@alaska.edu.

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