On Friday, April 29, Stanly Community College (SCC) hosted the 2016 Future Farmers of America (FFA) Regional Welding competition. Forty students from nine high schools competed in the event held at the newly renovated Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) building located on the Albemarle campus of SCC.
The purpose of this competition is to recognize excellence of students using skills in agricultural mechanics and to stimulate interest for careers in this area of study. Students demonstrated their problem-solving skills by completing a written exam as well as their hands-on performance by completing a series of welding demonstrations.
Students were judged on the accuracy of their exams, their welding skills, and the proper use of personal safety and welding equipment. North Stanly High School had the best team score while Piedmont High school came in as a very close second place team.
High School juniors and seniors can take tuition-free classes through the Career & College Program (CCP) at the College. Welding Technology is one of the career and technical pathways offered through this program and can lead to college credits and/or certificates and job training. For more information on the many CCP programs, contact your high school guidance counselor.
For more information about the Welding programs at Stanly Community College, contact William Beaver at (704) 991-0383.
Pictured is Triston Thompson from North Stanly High School performing a welding demonstration in the FFA Regional Welding Competition held at SCC.