“AC has a great dental hygiene program, but soon after I got started I realized that it probably wasn’t the career for me,” Womack said. “I like being active and creative, and knew I’d be happier in a field where I’d be making things. Dental hygiene just wasn’t going to give me that outlet.”
So, the 2016 graduate of Bushland High School stopped out of school for a while to reconsider her options. Then one day, Womack’s father gave her a rudimentary welding lesson and she was hooked. She immediately enrolled in AC’s welding program.
“I fell in love with it,” she said. “There’s a lot more to welding than I thought. I’ve never worked so hard at something in my life, but it was a real confidence boost. I was the only woman in the class and I was able to keep up and hold my own.”
As a result, Womack, who in April started working for a welding contractor, will be one of about 1,200 AC students eligible to participate in twin outdoor graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 14 at Hodgetown Stadium in downtown Amarillo.