The American Welding Society Foundation has awarded a brand new welding training rig through its “Light a Spark” grant program to seven schools, including one here in Florida.
Wildwood Middle-High School in Sumterville will receive an equipment package valued at $14,000 which includes “a multi-process welding machine, plasma cutter, supplies, personal protective equipment, and a MobileArc Augmented Reality Welding System”
The program hopes to grow activity in one of the most reliable trades in the work force, while providing students the chance to actually engage with the technology while doing so.
Other schools awarded include..
Bell City High School in Bell City, MO
Griggs County Central School in Cooperstown, ND
Millennium High School in Goodyear, AZ
Mountain View High School in Lawrenceville, GA
Northern Cass School in Hunter, ND
and Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, NJ
“Miller is committed to advancing the craft of welding through providing a foundation to inspire and excel the knowledge and opportunities in the welding career path” said Jessica Marhefke, Vice President and GM, of Miller Electric who is partnering with AWS on the initiative adding “We are proud to partner with AWS and Bechtel Group Foundation to provide these schools with the equipment and supplies needed to introduce their students to welding.”
Over 43,000 welding positions are available according to the Bureau of Labor statistics and provides those trained in the profession to earn around $48,000 a year right out of High School.
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