Helping students test their mettle

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November 1, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Welding instructor Blaine Crellin, left, works with student Keifer Endicott on a welding project Wednesday at the Regional Rural Tech Center. REGISTER/VICKIE MOSS

Blaine Crelllin, of Chanute, always wanted to become a teacher. But instead of earning a college degree, he started a family and began a career in welding that took him across the country.

That career has finally merged with his long-held desire to teach. Last month, Crellin took over as the new welding instructor at the Regional Rural Technology Center.

?I want to inspire young adults that there?s more out there in life. Even if you don?t want to go to college, you need to learn a skill,? Crellin said. ?Welding has given me a pretty decent life. Maybe I can pass that on to somebody else.?

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