When long time welding fabrication chairman Karl Watson found out SkillsUSA KY was going to help the Active Heroes organization, he immediately offered assistance because of the value he places on the veterans of our nation. With this in mind, he created a grill project that would serve a useful purpose and set a goal of getting all the materials donated. According to Watson, when the people he contacted found out who the beneficiaries of the project would be, donations were not difficult to obtain.
This year, welding fabrication teams were put to the test – not only from a competitive standpoint, but a patriotic standpoint as well. Competitors knew the grills were being donated to the Active Heroes Retreat for veterans and their families to use. Somehow that information gave each team member a little extra initiative and effort to produce the best welding skills possible.
Rockcastle ATC welding students Justin Barron, Bryan King, and Ryan Moore took home the 3rd place award. Sherman Cook, Instructor Rockcastle ATC said, “My students were so excited to receive the prizes for their participation in the Welding Fabrication contest. We are extremely grateful to ESAB and Lincoln Electric for their enthusiastic support of our students at all levels of competition. Their commitment to our programs and students has been consistently generous, even through these hard economic times. “Again, I would like to personally thank Lincoln Electric and ESAB for their support of Kentucky’s Welding programs.”