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Weekly Welding Roundup – Metallica Grants $10,000 to Grand Rapids Community College

The welding program at Grand Rapids Community College is among those that have benefitted from a $10,000 grant from the legendary heavy metal band Metallica. The college is one of 10 schools that were awarded $10,000 from the Metallica Scholars grant.

Out of a sense of gratitude for being able to do what they love, the band developed the All Within My Hands Foundation that has teamed up with the American Association of Community Colleges on the project. The AAC is a group that aims train workers at community colleges for lifelong careers. The cities competing for grants in the program were among those that the band had toured.

Welding Industry

Welding Shop Gives Business New Life
“Two young men just a few years out of high school hope to restore Sheridan Iron Works to its original glory and operate it under its original name by February 2019.

Derek Gilbert purchased the building in 2014 from previous owners Joe and Sue Lytton, who purchased the building and struggling business in 1989 from Alvin Neard and Ellie Horsley. Instead of continuing the business, Gilbert wanted to use it as a workshop until someone he thought would be good for the building expressed interest.”

Welding School and Education

Welding Students Build New Year’s Blueberry
Students at Cape Fear Community College have been working to create the “blueberry” frame to be used for the first Burgaw New Year’s Eve Blueberry Ball Drop celebration. Welding students built the 6-foot aluminum framework over the course of three days.

‘The most challenging and interesting part was creating the petals for the ‘crown’ on the bottom of the blueberry,’ said Welding Instructor Albert Meadowcroft.”

Students Design and Weld Park Bench
“Randolph Community College’s 2019 Welding Diploma class recently designed, made blueprints for and built two park benches for the area outside the Welding Center on the Archdale campus.

The students enjoy taking a break from welding class in a shaded area in front of the building, but noticed there was no place to sit and enjoy the shade. Department Head Michael Ford asked them how they would fix the problem, and the bench idea was born.”

Welding Teacher Honored
“Marana High School welding instructor Kenton Webb was recently recognized for his hard work and dedication to his students. Realityworks, Inc. named him the receipt of its CTE Champion Award, presented at the Association for Career & Technical Education’s CareerTech VISION 2018 Conference in San Antonio, Texas Nov. 30”

Welding Jobs

High School Receives $35,000 from Industry for Welding Program
“Marathon Petroleum is cutting a $35,000 check to Mandan schools for the Welding and Agriculture Mechanics Program at Mandan High School.

MPS said the money will improve the safety equipment in the CTE labs and updating the equipment to resemble that in the industry closely. The grant will benefit about 150 Mandan High School Students this year.”

Welding Events

Plastics Conference
Apr 30, 2019

AWS developed this conference featuring the latest advances in manufacturing, fabrication, installation and examination related to thermoplastics welding and joining.

May 7, 2019 – May 9, 2019

Join tens of thousands of industry professionals May 7-9, 2019 at FABTECH Mexico!  The event takes place at the Cintermex in Monterrey, continuing to co-locate with the established AWS Weldmex and Metalform Mexico.

Welding Gone Wrong

Welding Shop Explodes in Canada
“RCMP say one man is dead and another man is in hospital after an explosion and fire at a welding business just south of Edmonton. The blast happened around 8:15 a.m. Thursday at Ja-Co Welding and Consulting Ltd., in the hamlet of Nisku.

Police said the deceased man, who was in his early 40s, was already dead when emergency crews arrived at the scene in the community’s industrial area. The second man was taken to an Edmonton hospital for treatment of serious injuries.”


Ed C.


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