10. June 2007 19:00
Students from the Welding program at Moraine Park’s Beaver Dam campus competed at the annual SkillsUSA State Conference in Madison in late April.
At the Alliant Energy Center, three Welding program students took part in the welding competition for college/post-secondary students. They were Josh Gedamke of Waupun, who placed 5th; Keith Prochaska of DeForest, who placed 11th; and Lucas Stark of Watertown, who placed 17th. The students were accompanied by their Moraine Park welding instructor, Larry Clark.
“Even though this was a welding competition, it had more to do with the students being able to handle the pressure of performing in a new environment against unfamiliar competitors under strict time constraints,” said Clark. “All the competitors were good welders, but dealing with nerves under pressure was the true nature of the competition.”
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions.
Moraine Park’s Welding technical diploma helps individuals develop welding and fabrication skills that are used in today’s industries. To learn more, visit www.morainepark.edu.