From Eastern Europe…to the Welding Booth?

Matthew Goodwin The welding classroom on the Thomasville campus of Southern Regional Technical College is abuzz with activity. There is a continual sharp clanking of metal tools against metal objects. Bright blue sparks fly behind translucent plastic curtains, silhouetting helmeted students in vivid detail. The wide utility doors are open to the crisp autumn breeze, and dual-enrollment kids from various high schools in Thomas County circulate from station to station. One boy, Matthew,...