Certified welder learned his skills at JVS

CERTIFIED WELDER, INSTRUCTOR — Jefferson County Joint Vocational School graduate Justin Dailey is scaling new heights as a certified welder and instructor with the Ironworkers Local Union No. 549. The Wintersville resident said the experience he gained at the school helped shape his future in the profession. -- Contributed

BLOOMINGDALE — For Jefferson County Joint Vocational School graduate Justin Dailey, his experience as a student helped shape his future.

In observance of Career and Technical Education Month during February, the JVSJCJVS is highlighting graduates who have charted their own course by using the tools they gained at the Bloomingdale site. CTE Month celebrates the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of such programs across the country.

A Wintersville resident, Dailey,attended JCJVS from 2013-15 as a student in the welding program. The Indian Creek High School alum graduated in 2015 and credited the education he gained from instructors Roger Hilty and Todd Parker.

“The welding program at Jefferson County JVS did lead me to my current career. After graduation in 2015, I joined the Ironworkers Local Union 549 in Wheeling. I feel that the JVS prepared me to succeed in my profession,” he said. “I have been with the Ironworkers Local Union for four years and have traveled all over the Tri-State Area for employment. I have also competed in several competitions in the United States to represent the union.”

Dailey has gained such accolades as first place in the Great Lakes District Council Apprentice Competition in Detroit and was in the Top 30 during the International Apprentice Competition in Minnesota. He recently became an instructor for the local union and is currently working to become a certified welding inspector. He attributed his success to his education at JCJVS.

“Hilty and Parker would go above and beyond to make sure that you are prepared to go out into the work force,” he added. “I was able to obtain several certifications prior to my graduation that also helped me obtain employment. I believe that Hilty and Parker shared their passion of welding with you and made you excited to learn,” Dailey added. “What I really liked about the JVS was that mostly everything was hands-on. I was able to read about it and then actually do it, and being hands-on helped me to become eager to learn as much as I could about welding.

“I would highly recommend the JVS to anyone. The instructors love what they do and will work with you to make sure that you are successful. If you are unsure about which career path you would like to pursue, attend an open house. At the open house, you are able to learn about the different programs and meet current students as well as the instructors.”

The JVS offers 15 programs including auto collision, auto service, carpentry, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, welding, transition to work and small animal sciences, with HVAC to return in the fall. For information, contact the school at (740) 264-5545.