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Southeastern Extended Studies to offer two new courses

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Division of Extended Studies will offer two new courses this spring – Introduction to Foundry and Basic Welding. Both classes will be held in Anzalone Hall on Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond. 
     “Our welding program addresses the need to fill vacant positions in the manufacturing sector of our region,” said Extended Studies Administration and Operations Manager Veda Abene. “According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers earn an annual average wage of $40,790, and the total annual projected demand for these skilled workers is 540 through the year 2018.
     “These courses may be very beneficial to individuals who are interested in changing their career path or those individuals wishing to enhance their workforce skills,” Abene added. 
     The Introduction to Foundry class will use the green sand method, said Anthony Blakeney, faculty member in the Computer Science and Technology Department and instructor for both courses.
     “Students will get hands-on instruction in basic foundry work, including single piece patterns, match plate patterns, and an introduction to investment casting. They will also pour aluminum castings,” Blakeney said. “This course is for anyone who may be interested in getting involved in foundry work or those individuals who are already in the foundry business.”
     The course is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 – 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 21 – March 30.
     Blakeney said the basic welding course includes an introduction to welding, including oxy-acetylene cutting and welding and shielded metal arc welding, safety setup and hands-on welding of mild steel. The course is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 22 – March 31.
     “This is a very exciting course for anyone who is interested in welding,” Blakeney said. “Students will make a fleur-de-lis as one of the projects performed in the class.”
     For both classes, students must provide personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, welding shirt, jeans, leather shoes or boots and welding gloves. 
     For more information on these courses, contact the Extended Studies office, 985-549-2301, 1-800-256-2771 or visit Extended Studies also has a Facebook page at

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