Home Construction, Welding, and Baking for Southside ISD Parents

Southside parent Alehli Zuniga loved the Intro to Welding class she's considering going into a welding apprenticeship.

Classes for parents in construction, welding, and baking turned out to be a huge success. For four weeks, dozens of parents learned the basics in each trade. What happened in these classes exceeded expectations. Alheli Zuniga’s daughter is a Southside ISD freshman. She jumped at the opportunity to register when she saw that the District was offering free welding classes with instructor David Vigil. “I have a lot of family members who are welders from Mexico and have made a living doing this. I found it fascinating that it wasn’t fire but electricity. I just always wanted to do this,” she said.

Parents in the Michael Cruz’ Intro to Home Construction class learned the basics of building frames and installing electrical branch circuits.

In the Intro to Baking Class at the Southside High School bistro, parents made a Sock it to me Bundt cake with vanilla Jell-O, pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar. The also made banana bread and celebrated in the final class by making oatmeal raisin cookies. “I have one lady who’s never baked and she’s very happy. I have another one who wants to learn how to decorate cakes,” said instructor Maria Ortiz.

Parent Mireya Orihuela is looking forward to more advanced baking classes. “I want to learn how to make frosting. It’s too expensive to buy it at the store. I enjoyed this experience,” she said.

Meanwhile, Alheli Zuniga liked welding so much, she’s now thinking of changing careers. “There’s a big demand for it and we’re growing (in San Antonio). I think it’s something I might pursue,” said Zuniga.

Be sure to look for the link that will be sent to parents this fall if you’re interested in signing up for these classes and more, including the Intro to Auto Tech class.