The CVTC Welding program once again put on a great Weld Show. Over 150 students, CVTC staff, and community members checked out the latest in technology and equipment in the welding industry. Participants were able to talk to a number of vendors, try their hand at welding, enter raffles for great prizes, and talk to local employers.
PDM Bridge, a leader in the bridge fabrication industry, was there to try and recruit welders. "We are typically hiring about six welders a week," commented a recruiter from the company. "We have contracts going through 2012, and that doesn't include any additional contracts I'm sure we're going to get."
new to the show this year was a junkyard competition for high school students. Students took scrap metal created outdoor grills. Those attending the event had fun voting for their favorite grill, and the welding students from Thorp High School won. "It did look the junkiest," said Bev Hilton, a CVTC staff member who came to the event.
"We want to continue to build awareness of the welding program and how fast this industry is growing," comments Wally Quaschnick, CVTC welding instructor and organizer of the event. "We already have ideas for next year's show I'm really excited about."