Cardinal Welding Academy sees record enrollment
Thursday, October 31, 2019
OTTUMWA — The Cardinal Welding Academy is currently at capacity, but the district isn’t complaining.
“I think there are times when our schools drop the ball on expecting every kid to go get a four-year degree,” said Cardinal Superintendent Joel Pedersen. “We need to invest in skilled trades. And this is a program where we’ve got that, and the outcomes are going to last.”
The Cardinal Welding Academy is a joint credit-sharing program between Cardinal and Indian Hills. Students who complete both years of the program receive high school credit as well as college credit, and graduate just a few credit hours shy of an associate’s degree. It’s all at no extra cost for the students and their families, and students from Fairfield and Van Buren are allowed to attend as well.