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Former IPS student returns to the classroom to teach invaluable skills

Posted at 12:05 AM, Aug 11, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Indianapolis Public School student using now teaching other students years after receiving hands-on training through one of the district’s career-themed programs.   

Jonathan Garmany says his decision to enroll in the shop program in high school proved to be pivotal for his life. The lessons he learned in that shop bay are now bringing him back to the classroom.

Garmay says he found his first welding job one month after he graduated high school back in 2015.

“This class is important because not every student we have is going to want to go to college,” said Garmany.

Now, Garmany is back at that bay teaching other students how to weld at Arsenal Tech High School.

The welding program is one of more than a dozen career pathways offered at Arsenal Tech. Others include architecture, TV broadcasting and cosmetology.

Students from all of IPS’ remaining high schools are participating in the reinvented programs after the district eliminated Arlington, Broad Ripple and Northwest high schools last year.

Garmany says he hopes to show his students firsthand how to build themselves a solid foundation for life after high school.

“I love what I do. I love welding and I love to be able to relate to these students that this class will give them the keys to success if they take it seriously,” said Garmany.

Arsenal Tech’s Career Academy Coordinator says there is a demand for as many 600,000 welders nationwide right now, with baby boomers getting ready to retire.

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