JCHS’s Martinez to Receive 2 Welding Certificates Upon Graduation

As a high school junior Bryan Martinez learned of an opportunity to take welding classes through Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Dual Enrollment program. His interest peeked, Martinez signed up and hasn’t looked back since.

Currently a senior at Jefferson County High School in Louisville, Martinez is on track to completing two different welding certificates which he’ll receive upon his high school graduation in May.

“I was interested in welding because it’s a good career,” Martinez shared. “I come to OFTC first thing in the morning during first period every day.”

Martinez completed the Gas Metal Arc Fabricator Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) during his first year which included classes on welding safety, oxyacetylene cutting, gas metal arc welding and blueprint reading. He is currently working on his Basic Shielded Metal Arc TCC.

“Bryan is very mature for his age,” shared OFTC Welding Instructor, Jeff Partridge. “He is a quick learner and is a pleasure to teach.”

After graduating from high school Martinez plans to continue at OFTC in hopes of pursuing a welding diploma.

“I wanted to continue in the welding program because OFTC is close to home and I already know the college and instructors,” he said.

Welding has been a great program he added. “I like that it’s challenging and I like being able to work with my hands and see a finished product.”

This opportunity has showed Martinez a direction to pursue after high school and for that he’s truly thankful. “The Dual enrollment program at OFTC allows you to have a head start on a career and can possibly help you make decisions about a career,” he said. “It helped me know that welding is something I can do and love.”

And as a high school student Martinez was still able to manage extracurricular activities like the Beta and Octagon Clubs. “This dual enrollment program at OFTC easily works into the student’s schedule and I think more people should be enrolled it because it’s a great program,” Martinez said.

To learn more about OFTC or the welding program, visit the college website at OFTC.edu.

OFTC Welding Instructor, Jeff Partridge (L) and Bryan Martinez, Jefferson County High School student who is taking welding classes at OFTC through the Dual Enrollment program (R) standing in a welding lab in welding gear.

OFTC Welding Instructor, Jeff Partridge (L) and Bryan Martinez, Jefferson County High School student who is taking welding classes at OFTC through the Dual Enrollment program (R).