By Bethany J. Royer
Editor’s Note: This is part nine of a continuing series on donations and the Upper Valley Career Center. Part one ran Saturday, Nov. 30, part two Dec. 7, part three Dec. 21, part four Dec. 28, part five Jan. 11, part six Jan. 18., part seven on Jan. 25. and part eight on Feb. 1.
Over the course of several weeks the Daily Call has looked into the programs offered at the Upper Valley Career Center with Terry Krogman, instructional supervisor, as guide.
The tour began back in November after Piqua resident, Stu Shear, donated his 1997 Chevy Monte Carlo to the Upper Valley Career Center automotive department. The plan, to outline the imperatives of donations to the school, became a peek into the design and digital print technologies, horticulture and landscape management, pre-engineering and design technologies programs, to name a few.
Last week, the journey ended with the Horticulture and Landscape Management class, with Krogman proceeding to lead the way to the welding technologies program. One that —similar to the other proceeding programs in this ongoing series— utilizes multiple applications of technology and donations, including the recent-at-the-time donation of 5,000 pounds worth of steel. A donation that not only saved the school money but will provide the students with multiple potentials for furthering their skills and knowledge in the welding industry. As evident by some of the items presented throughout the classroom, including a fire ring and a steel bench, amongst nearly two dozen welding stations available for students.
“The kids will take this and practice with it,” said Krogman of the steel donation, attempting to speak over the unique acoustics of steel being cut, drilled, or hammered, with the tell-tale acrid smell of blowtorches being used, in the air.
Given the number of career opportunities in the industry, such as ironworker, pipefitter or millwright, Krogman emphasized there are more job openings than there are students available to fill them. With many in the industrious program furthering their skills in welding institutions or other college programs such as at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.
In short, the welding technology program has much to offer those who are able to master the basics and are willing to move on to apprenticeships or further their certifications in the aforementioned programs.
Students in the welding program also have an opportunity to gain OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and forklift certification, explained Krogman. The instructor reiterating the importance of the Upper Valley Career Center having a close working relationship with area employers that sees students working on a two-week rotation between employer and school. Along with certain restrictions and guidelines that must be adhered to such as a required GPA standing and regular attendance.
Stay tuned ….
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall