Funds to help welding stay on cutting edge

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The KC welding program gained a technology upgrade as a result of being one of 10 schools chosen for a state grant. The Jobs and Education for Texas, or JET, grant worth $349,347 is a part of the $3 million awarded annually by Texas Comptroller’s Office.

The funds helped the welding program install new fume extraction and robotics equipment as well as place seven new multi-purpose welding stations in the class. The welding shop’s work area was also expanded with the addition of an outside awning.

KC also received a $3,000 donation from Mike Clements, owner of Energy Weldfab, Inc. in White Oak, and Dennis McFadin, owner of D&D Industrial Welding Supply Inc. in Kilgore. Welding instructors Cody Edwards and Josh Bernethy plan on using the donation to fund scholarships for welding students.

“Thanks to the generosity of these local businesses and the big grant we received, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of welding technology and give our students the best education possible,” Edwards said.

For more information about the welding program, visit www.kilgore.edu/welding.asp or contact Edwards at 903-983-8162.

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