MVSD Receives $50,000 Grant in Support of Welding Program

Methow Valley School District has been awarded a $50,000 grant funded by the State of Washington in support of the MVSD welding program. The grant is intended to support the use of maritime materials and practices that can be generalized to a variety of industries.

The grant funding will positively impact the quality and depth of our welding program, allowing us to replace aging equipment with new equipment consistent with the current industry standard. Some examples of equipment that will be purchased using the grant funding includes: MIG and TIG machines, mixed gas tanks, an “iron worker” machine, and feed rollers and specialty grinders.

When asked what this means for MVSD students and future graduates, Director of Teaching and Learning, Drew Simmons stated, “As part of an emerging Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway focused on design, fabrication, and manufacturing, MVSD students will be able to apply the skills learned through their coursework to a variety of real world applications… building tanks and apparatus for wildland fire suppression, work involved in the apple processing industry that is so prevalent in our area of the state… just to name a few.”

Drew went on to say, “The grant funding isn’t just about equipment. It will also provide much needed funding to support professional development for our welding instructor, Trent Whatley, resources and materials, and increased opportunities for students to apply their skills.”

In brief, the grant funding is intended to support:

  • Improved quality and rigor of secondary CTE coursework in support of careers in the design and manufacturing industry.
  • Increased access to professional development opportunities for CTE instructors.
  • Increased funding for industry standard equipment and related instructional materials.
  • Students with the knowledge, skills, and interest necessary to pursue employment and/or postsecondary technical education opportunities.
  • Student awareness of the current and future demand for skilled employees in the design and manufacturing industry.
  • Students with increased opportunities to engage in regional and statewide competitions and community service projects.

Thank you Drew Simmons, Trent Whatley, and Barry Stromberger. This is just another step forward in our efforts to make the hopes and dreams of our students a reality…