High school seniors from across the country competed in the Tulsa Welding School's 10th annual High School Senior Welding Competition Saturday. Organizers say 240 students competed for 25 top prizes.
Top prize is a full tuition scholarship to the school valued over $14,000. Second place gets a half scholarship with quarter scholarships going to third and fourth place finishers. All the participants received a $500 scholarship to the Tulsa Welding School.
"What shocks me is they walk in and their skill level is at a very high level," said Scott Lester, Director of Admissions.
Lester wants to encourage anyone looking for a new career to come check out the Tulsa Welding School.
"We're putting people to work," he said. "It's a secure position and you can grow with this."
Employment opportunities are good for skilled welders, he noted.
"It's been projected in the next three years, there's going to be 150,000 openings," he said. "You can not only work locally - nationwide, worldwide."