Welding Graduate uses Training at DQE Railroad


Juan Martinez grew up in Sevier County, and continues to call Southwest Arkansas home. He enrolled in UA Cossatot’s welding program while in high school. After graduating from Horatio High School in 2015, Martinez continued his education at UA Cossatot and earned a technical certificate in welding. After earning another technical certificate in pipe welding, he began working as a welder for the De Queen and Eastern Railroad, owned by Patriot Rail Company.

“I chose to continue taking classes at UA Cossatot because the classes I took through the college while I was in high school helped me get a head start,” said Martinez. “It was also cheaper, close to home, and the welding class met in the afternoon and evening, which allowed me to go to school after work. My teachers taught me what I needed to know and I was able to get a job in the same area.”

UA Cossatot’s welding program is taught during the fall and spring at De Queen and Nashville campuses. Students can earn a technical certificate in two semesters and also receive certificates of proficiency as they move through the program.

“It’s a good program! If you show up, work hard, and put out the effort, you will learn the skills you need for a job,” said welding instructor Josh Caudle.

Anyone interested in learning more about UA Cossatot’s welding program can contact Pat Earnest at pearnest@cccua.edu.

High school students interested in learning more about the welding program offered through the Secondary Career Center can contact Julie Rhodes at jrhodes@cccua.edu.