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Karis Hudson, EASTERN Veterinary Science Alum Pursues Welding

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Veterinary Science/Hatboro-Horsham High School 2020 graduate, Karis Hudson is attending Penn College of Technology to attain her bachelor’s in Welding and Fabrication Engineering with a minor in non-destructive testing. She recently began a four-year apprenticeship program with Miller Electric, which will work around her school schedule. Earlier this month, she took time out of her busy schedule to speak with the current Welding Technology program about her experiences in her postsecondary program and the welding field.

Hudson chose Veterinary Science at EASTERN because of her love for animals and her interest in the healthcare field. She was a leader in her class, and extremely involved in EASTERN’s Student Leadership Organization, SkillsUSA. On May 15, 2020, as a senior in the Veterinary Science program, Hudson participated in a Teen Town Hall with Congresswoman Dean and state legislators via Zoom regarding the impact of COVID-19 on education.  At EASTERN virtual Awards Night on May 27, 2020, she was awarded the Veterinary Science Achievement and Straight A Awards.  She was also recognized for the gold medal she earned in the Customer Service portions of the SkillsUSA District 2 Competition.

Although she excelled in the Veterinary Science program, she became increasingly aware of the fact that she may not want to pursue it as a career. Hudson always enjoyed working with her hands, building, and creating.  She decided to explore other opportunities that fit those needs.  Toward the end of her senior year, she learned more about Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, and Welding Technology from the EASTERN instructors and students. Ultimately, she felt as though Welding was the right fit for her.

“I give a great deal of credit to EASTERN for helping me plan out my career path,” said Hudson.  “The faculty and staff at EASTERN were more than understanding of my concerns and let me explore some of the other programs before I dove into a career. If I could give advice to anyone entering this field, making a big switch, or a female entering a male-dominated trade, it would simply be 'do not be afraid of no'. Your life is your life. Who cares what others will think and who cares if somebody says no?  Don’t miss out on an opportunity because you're scared that they'll say no. What if they say yes?” 

Hudson’s career goal is to work full-time for Miller Electric.  She was one of only three college students chosen in the country for the Miller Electrical internship program. As part of her welding internship with Miller Electric, she is moving to Texas this summer to work until school starts back up in the fall.