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|Local Welding Competition Molding High School Talent
|Sixteen amateur welders from area high schools embarked upon Carl Sandburg College Friday for a first of its kind competition.
The inaugural CSC Welding Competition kicked off Friday afternoon -- uniting teams and individual students from Galesburg, Knoxville, Galva, Monmouth-Roseville, ROWVA and United High Schools.
CSC instructor Craig Johnson tells WGIL the event further introduces the skill of welding to those familiar with it.
"They can see it, and they can say 'hey, I can further my education here,'" Johnson said. "What is boils down to is, the more you burn, the more you learn."
Another welding instructor, John Nichols, tells WGIL utilizing the training and facilities available at CSC can help these students land high paying jobs.
"We just thought this would entice more local kids who don't go on to a trade school, go on to a four-year college, who ultimately don't finish, and come back and are stocking shelves at Wal-Mart...not to knock Wal-Mart. The facilities are great, the instructors are great, and we're just trying to promote the school and get the kids in better shape," Johnson said.
The students Friday spent thirty minutes at each work station inside the Business and Technology Center, covering a variety of welding processes. The finished product is essentially a three-sided box. They also complete a fifty-question written exam.
Individual and team prizes, including welders, were given out.
(Students take part in the Carl Sandburg College welding competition Friday.)
(Students were competing to make a box based on a provided blueprint.)
(Prizes that would be given to students and teams after the welding competition. WGIL News Story and Photos by Kyle Schassburger.)
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