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Welding Student Situated For Success

Welding Student Situated For Success

When you ask Sage Finnerty about himself, he’ll first tell you he’s a two-time varsity letterman in wrestling and that he played both offense and defense on his high school football his freshman year.

Injuries, though, took their toll on the young athlete’s body and after a handful of surgeries, he decided to take time to heal. But not before hearing all about Eastland Career Center’s welding program from his former wrestling partner, a graduate of the program.

“Welding seemed very hands-on and I like doing a lot of hands-on things and melting metal together sounded really cool,” Finnerty said.

The senior is now in the Pre-Apprentice program at Sheet Metal Workers Local 24, taking classes there one night a week, as well as working at Wolf Metals in Columbus. While his sports career may have been sidelined because of injury, his motivation to succeed is stronger than ever.

“He’s doing everything he’s supposed to,” said Union Training Coordinator Rob Gartner. “He’s working and going to school here at night; a lot outside of his regular school day.” After he graduates, Finnerty can continue onto the union’s four-year apprenticeship program, earn a salary, retirement, benefits and college credit.

“It’s just been a great opportunity and I’ve got to do a lot of cool things,” he said. “I’m very fortunate that I got accepted into the career center.”

Among the cool things is SkillsUSA, a career technical student organization. Finnerty serves as vice president of the Ohio chapter and attended the National Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY, last spring. “It’s really opened up a lot of doors for me,” he said.

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