Welding competition helps high school students develop skill sets, meet industry leadersSubmitted: 04/17/2015
Story By Karolina Buczek

Welding competition helps high school students develop skill sets, meet industry leaders
RHINELANDER - A competition held today in the Northwoods gave students the opportunity to do more than put their skills to the test. They got to make connections that could lead to jobs in the future.

Twenty welding finalists from different Northwoods high schools proved they can build a product based on a blueprint.

Nicolet College welding experts judged the work. They also introduced students to potential employers in the Northwoods.

"We bring a lot of local industry in. [Students] meet the actual employers," says Craig Deer, a welding instructor at Nicolet College. "It shows the students there is a high demand for welding, and it's a very important field to get into and [its] very rewarding."

The competition also gave students the opportunity to see and use the welding tools used in Nicolet's welding program.

Many of the competitors wanted to learn about programs that would advance their skill sets.

"I felt that it was a good trade to go into because it was a good career option because you can make really good money out of it in areas around here," says Christian Savard, a senior at Laona High School.

The students took written exams and demonstrated different welds throughout the competition. Dalton Bellamy from Laona High School came in first. Josh Chitko from Laona High School came in second. Matt Weber from Mercer came in third.

You can learn more about the Nicolet College welding program at the link below.

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Nicolet Welding Program

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