Crestview High School welding program prepared alumnus for Pascagoula shipbuilding

wedling Corey Hollett CHS

2013 Crestview High School graduate Corey Hollett, 18 — displaying his personally modified welding mask with CHS CHOICE welding instructor Mike Eglin — is Mississippi bound. The Tulsa Welding School graduate, whose passion is fusing metal pieces with heat, will work at Huntington Ingalls Industries in Pascagoula.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 06:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Corey Hollett says that welding can benefit do-it-yourselfers as much as it does for professional welders.

For instance, adding welding to their skill sets could help people save money on repairs, he said.

"If anything, they can get a little MIG welder ... when something breaks on their car, they can fix it," he said.

Passion for fusing metal pieces through heat has driven the 2013 Crestview High School alumnus, who graduated at the top of his class from Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville, and now heads to Pascagoula, Mississippi, to work in shipbuilding at Huntington Ingalls Industries.

And he's in it for the long haul.  

"I wouldn't mind doing this for the rest of my life," he said. "I have always enjoyed working with metal."

After finishing at the top of 60 Tulsa students, Hollett received an $800 welding machine and found the shipbuilding job.

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