Student Justin Brydge (left) performs a shielded metal arc weld as Wiley Perry, an instructor for Blue Ridge Community College, watches during a class exercise in a new welding program. The classes are held in the Interchange complex off of Early Road in Rockingham County. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Wiley Perry (right), welding instructor at Blue Ridge Community College, confers with student Perry Griffin on the position of the welding rod during class Thursday at the Interchange complex off Early Road. Students in the class get hands-on experience making welds and cutting and grinding metal.
Welding students Alex Soler (left) and Perry Griffin check their welds after grinding in preparation for another weld.
Alex Soler uses a grinding wheel to smooth out a weld before adding another weld.