Forging Ahead

Forging Ahead

Fall 2019

| By: Britten, Casey

2019 Hortonville grad ready to take on a career in welding. 

When Ben Borchardt took an advanced manufacturing class at Hortonville High School, he found an aptitude for welding. One of his teachers took note, too: “Mr. Radtke noticed my skills and showed me how to make a career out of it,” Ben explains.

Not only did he find his career path, Ben also got an early start on college. His high school classes in welding and written communication also count as FVTC credits.

“Dual credit classes prepare you for how college works,” he says. “They’re also a great way to figure out what you want to do after high school.”

For Ben, it’s paying off. He graduated from high school in May, and already has a full-time welding job. In spring 2020, he’ll be starting in the FVTC Welding/Metal Fab Technician and Production Welding technical diploma programs. 

Learn more about how to earn early college credit at Fox Valley Technical College >>