Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Vocational Students See Future.(Journal North)

Byline: Kathy Pinto For the Journal

* Learning practical skills as demanding as academics

Among seniors graduating from Santa Fe High School today, those who have attended one of the school's extensive vocational classes may have better job opportunities than most.

The realities of the job market have students like junior Jackie Carr plotting another course away from the college track.

After three years in Al Trujillo's welding class, she plans to work for Los Alamos National Laboratory as a metallurgist when she graduates.

LANL is known for its development of exotic metals and extensive work in metallurgy.

"They hire women to be metal technicians, working on different types of alloy steel," said Trujillo. "There is huge money to be made."

Trujillo remembers an exchange student from Germany who took his welding class to learn everything he could about chromoly, a high-tech alloy used to build race cars and mountain bikes. …

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