The Tri-Rivers (Adult Education) Welding, Fabrication and Allied Processes Program Diploma graduation was celebrated Thursday, January 17 at 5pm in the Giauque Auditorium. The graduates included, left to right: Allison Maggs, William Bowser, Joshua Kraviec, Hillary Gliem, Daniel Ross, Jr, Mychal Wade and Sean Linder.
Skills learned in the full-time, 650-hour program included: Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding, Structural Fabrication, Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging, MIG and TIG Welding, Intro to Pipe Welding, Lincoln/FANUC Robotic Welding, Math for Welders and OHSA 10 Safety Training.
All students had to have 90% plus attendance to graduate. Bowser, Gliem and Joshua Kraviec earned Perfect Attendance Awards and Sean Linder received an Excellence in Attendance Award.
Adult Director Richard George, said, “When you add all the individual certifications that the seven graduates earned, that’s a total of 68 nationally-recognized industry credentials.”
George told the graduates that “you’ve had just finished almost nine months of education and training. The two most important skills that a potential employer looks for is excellent attendance and that you are trainable. The credentials you earned show that you have mastered the top two skills employers look for.”
The Lead Instructor for the program was Levi Retterer. Other instructors and staff included: Tom Reynolds, Mark Edington, Amy Pirnstill, Nikki Hamilton, Larry Hickman and Holly Ramey.