Since 2018, Monroe County Community College has partnered with high school career and technical education instructors to help them implement entry-level welding (AWS-QC-10) standards at their schools, and as part of this effort, the college’s Applied Science and Engineering Division hosted a weeklong training workshop in mid-August for high school welding instructors from all across Michigan.
Visiting MCCC for the training, which was led by MCCC welding faculty Stephen Hasselbach and Mark Jager, were welding instructors Chris Ewing of the William D. Ford Career Technology Center in Westland, Alyse Bannister of the St. Joseph County Intermediate School District in Centreville, Becca Roberts of St. Clair County Technical Education Center in Marysville, Kurt Goodman of Kent County CTC in Grand Rapids and Jerry Wegienka of Flat Rock High School, as well as Devin Rolfe, an assistant teacher at William D. Ford CTC.
The training was made possible with the help of a three-year National Science Foundation grant the college received in 2018 that has been extended into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the college is still offering some entry-level welding classes, its focus has shifted to teaching advanced-level welding standards (AWS-QC-11) and incorporating the latest additions to these standards recently set forth by the American Welding Society. Partnering with local high school career and technical education instructors to help them implement the entry-level welding (AWS-QC-10) standards at the high schools is being done to help MCCC develop a direct articulation credit pathway so that students can earn up to 10 credits toward MCCC’s welding program while still in high school.
About Monroe County Community CollegeMCCC Applied Science and Engineering Technology Division faculty and high school welding instructors from across Michigan take a break during the recent entry-level welding (AWS-QC-10) standards training program put on by the college.
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to enrich lives in our community by providing opportunity through student-focused, affordable, quality higher education and other learning experiences. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located in Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.