For Immediate Release
February 8, 2013
Kelso High School Welding students won first place at LCC’s 6th Annual High School Welding Competition held Thursday evening. Sabin Schellenberg Center of Milwaukie, OR, earned second Place and Battle Ground High School took third place. Ten teams from SW Washington and Oregon participated in the competition and took home prizes donated by over twenty local area businesses. High School teams were made up of three student welders and were accompanied by their instructor.
High School students had to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of welding skills from basic to advanced. Each of the winning teams was presented with a trophy to take back to their schools for display. Last year, Winlock High School won first place with Battle Ground High School and Kelso High School coming in second and third place.
"Opportunities like the LCC regional welding competition give students an opportunity to test their welding skills and gain exposure to future educational opportunities at Lower Columbia College."
— Thomas Fountain Kelso High School Instructor of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
By taking a welding course at Kelso High School, students can also earn Tech Prep credits at LCC, with over 35% of Kelso High School tech prep students attending LCC after graduation. Many Kelso High School students who have participated in past welding competitions have entered the welding profession and/or are active in furthering their education in the welding field.
The competition continues to grow each year and LCC is anticipating even greater participation at next year’s competition slated for February.