BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Bend Senior High School has received a $24,510 grant from the American Welding Society to enhance its welding program and give students the opportunity to earn an entry-level Level 1 welder certification range while remaining in high school.
“We’re really excited, as this will allow us to provide our students with hands-on experience with the tools and equipment that are currently being used in the workplace, and create a pipeline for local businesses that are in desperate need of these. trade professionals,” said instructor Chuck Hill.
The funds were provided through the AWS Foundation in a nationally competitive process and will enable the school to acquire a SMAW (protected arc welding) power supply to several operators (scalable to add color arc welding (FCAW) processes in the future), a mechanized oxy-fuel torch, another torch and associated equipment for carbon arc gouging, and the FCAW equipment for existing GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) machines.
The new equipment is expected to be purchased and installed by fall 2023, officials said in Monday’s announcement.
“As the need for skilled welders continues to grow, it’s more important than ever to help educational institutions at the high school and university level,” said Monica Pfarr, Executive Director of the AWS Foundation. “We are thrilled to support the expansion of Bend High School’s welding program, their commitment to the welding industry, and their dedication to training the next generation of welding technicians and professionals.”
Lisa Keown, CTE Coordinator, said, “Welding is just one of many exciting Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at Bend High School as a way to provide students with a clear path to careers. high-paying, high-demand jobs, while teaching important 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.
“Due to the growth of the region and the high demand for construction and fabrication services, the welding program provides a launch pad to a successful career for many students who have technical aptitudes and who do not straight to college.”
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About the AWS Foundation: Founded in 1989, the AWS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Welding Society, the nonprofit organization whose global mission is to advance the science, technology, and application of welding and joining processes and cutting allies. The AWS Foundation strives to ensure the growth and development of the welding industry through a variety of initiatives, including career awareness, scholarship programs, and grants to institutions that provide welding education and training. welding. The AWS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Learn more at aws.org/foundation.