The Kootenai High School will now offer a new class for aspiring welders.

This will be the first semester that the local high school will offer a beginner’s welding class that will be taught by Tony Pfeiffer. Mr. Pfeiffer has worked in the school district for more than four years as a bus driver.

Mr. Pfieffer went through the CT certification process and is now a certified limited occupational specialist. Along with his 30-plus years working in the welding industry, 15 of those owning his own business, he said that he feel that he looks forward to passing his knowledge on to the next generation.

“Being in this position allows me to use my years in the trade to teach welding and I think its going to be well received,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.

He said that his class is comprised of mainly juniors and that he hopes to interest those new students into returning to his class in the fall, if all goes well this first semester. Mr. Pfeiffer said that if he gets enough students to take interest he may offer an advanced class for those who return.

“Hopefully this will pique their interest enough to possibly have a more advanced class next year,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. “I have several students who ride my bus that are in elementary school asking when they can be in my welding class,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. “So that is very encouraging.”

Mr. Pfeiffer said that his welding class will go over the basics of the trade and will give students the chance to learn basic welding techniques and safety.

Mr. Pfeiffer also recently received new welding machines, safety equipment and started to convert part of the wood shop lab in to a welding lab.

He said that there are a lot of students that take interest in following careers that involve the trade.

“There are a lot of kids that are interested in going into industries that will involve welding and I want to teach them all that I know,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.

For parents and students interested in learning more about the welding class, Mr. Pfeiffer will host an open house Tuesday, February 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information call the Kootenai School District at 208-689-3631.

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