I’ve always had a great respect for teachers, no matter what grade they teach or where their specialty lies. Teachers have a special job: they prepare us for the real world. In times like these, the skills and inspiration that teachers offer is more valuable than ever…..
CCC&TI helps students discover their artistic talents
Hidden abilities revealed during classes lead to new careers, art sales and shows.
Posted: Sunday, Sep. 13, 2009
Two students at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute are finding success with their artistic talent.
Michael Arnold discovered a hidden talent and a new career when the demolition company he worked for went out of business. He enrolled at CCC&TI to pursue a GED and signed up for a welding class as well.
“We spent several weeks welding straight lines, and I wanted to try something different,” he said. “So I started welding scrap pieces together just to see what I could make out of them.”
The Granite Falls native created metal sculptures of a horse, a praying mantis, a stork, a reading man, a tree and a 90-pound dragon fly in just a few months. He has sold several pieces and won CCC&TI’s Spring Fling Recycled Art Contest with a mask he created out of scrap metal.
Welding grant helps Wallace College expand training
By JIM COOK
Published: September 15, 2009
A new state grant will help Wallace Community College continue to train workers in welding, a career field that appears to be almost recession proof, according to school officials.
State Sen. Harri Anne Smith, R-Slocomb, presented a check for $90,000 to the college on Tuesday. The money will be used to purchase more equipment for the program, which has rapidly grown in enrollment since the onset of the recession. Smith secured the grant from a workforce development program.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, welding, soldering and brazing jobs employed 462,000 people in 2006, with the vast majority of those jobs being in manufacturing. Demand for employees is expected to grow about 5 percent nationally through 2016.