Woodland Park High’s popular welding program to get a makeover

Published: February 18, 2014, 4:10 pm, by Debbie Kelley
Woodland Park High School Industrial Technology Department teacher Gary Adamson receives a check for $15,000 along with students Wayne Nieto, Chris Anthony, and Jason Riggles at the Woodland Park School Board of Education meeting on Feb. 12.

Woodland Park High School Industrial Technology Department teacher Gary Adamson receives a check for $15,000 along with students Wayne Nieto, Chris Anthony and Jason Riggles at the Feb. 12 board of education meeting.

Woodland Park High School’s welding classroom is in for a makeover.

A $15,000 SkillsUSA  grant from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation will add or improve work benches, welding booths and tables; install fume extraction devices to the duct system; redesign an outdoor courtyard area; and make other improvements.

About 150 students enrolled in welding classes will benefit from the project, but so will others: drafting students will create sketches and computer drawings of the renovation; graphic arts and marketing students will help create promotional materials; accounting classes will track costs; and business classes will help with planning.

All work will be done under the direction of welding teacher Gary Adamson.

SkillsUSA grants range from $2,500 to  $25,000 and are awarded to schools in need of classroom upgrades or new tools to learn technical skills.

Woodland Park High was one of 21 schools in 17 states to be awarded funds, which totaled $352,643 in grants.