From refuse bins for Joe Ghiz Park to a steel memorial for a churchyard, students in Holland College’s Welding Fabrication program have participated in community-based projects for several years.
This year is no exception. So far, students have constructed a wreath hanger for the municipality of Murray River to use on Remembrance Day, and Japanese-style arches for the A. A. MacDonald Memorial Gardens in Georgetown. One student even created a fire pit designed to look like a Star Wars TIE Fighter, which was auctioned off in a United Way fundraiser.
Craig Boudreau, an instructor in the welding program, said the unusual and challenging projects provide students with invaluable experience as they hone their skills.
“Some of the products, such as the TIE Fighter fire pit, are concepts the students come up with, in other instances, someone in the community approaches us with an idea, and we develop it from there. The students get to refine their welding skills and they also use their problem-solving and pattern-making skills, valuable assets for them to have when they enter the work force."
The students are currently making two examination tables for Three Oaks Senior High School science department.
The two-year Welding Fabrication diploma program is offered in Holland College’s Georgetown Centre, and the first year of the program is also offered on the West Prince Campus as a certificate program. Graduates from the West Prince program can then take their second year in Georgetown.
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Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019