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Lots of students feel pressured to go to a traditional four-year college. While that’s a good option for some, it’s also an easy way to rack up tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, sometimes with no tangible skills to show for it.

There’s another option. Welding is a skill that will continue to be in demand for years to come. Here’s why you should consider sending your student to Arclabs:

  1. Training is more cost effective than traditional 4-year schools

    Our 900 Hour Advanced Welding Course can be completed for less than $18,000 in 6 months. That means your child can get started on their career sooner. Arclabs also offers financial assistance to those who qualify. Find out more about financial aid here.

  2. Welding offers many opportunities

    More than 50% of products made in the US require welding work. Welders are needed in the manufacturing, construction and nuclear industries to name a few. Currently, the average age for welders is 54 years old. As Baby Boomers begin to retire, there will be a growing need for welders for years to come. By 2023, the American Welding Society predicts a shortage of 375,000 trained welders.

  3. Get Paid Well

    The average welder makes $41,380 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Welders who specialize or travel can earn more than twice that amount.