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Olathe High School Students Learning ‘Magic’ of Welding

Gary Pommier is a veteran welder, but the process of heating and melding metal continues to amaze him to this day.

“I have been around welding my entire life,” he said, “and it is still magic. When you make a good weld, it is a matter of pride.”

Pommier is passing along that passion to high school students in the Olathe, Kansas, school district. He is an instructor in the district’s Advanced Technical Center, a two-year program for juniors and seniors that focuses on high-demand career fields.

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