Holy Rosary High School’s welding students received an upgrade this year in their classroom.
In June the school received an $11,500 donation from the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation.
“It has a huge impact on student learning,” said Kevin Bender, teacher, about being able to receive the grant.
“We will have a lot more time for hands-on welding and the access to the facility, it’s more like a college level standard at each station.”
The goal of the CWA Foundation is to support the welding industry within Canada by increasing public safety awareness.
The school was able to move their C25 cylinder tanks outside and install a gas delivery system in the shop.
“So, it’s better for space, safety and just the management of our facility in general,” explained Bender.
Bender said he heard about the donation through other instructors, and figured it would be a great opportunity if they school was able to get it.
The school was able to also purchase 12 new auto-darkening helmets.
“It again is a huge help, it makes a big difference for our students,” he said.
Bender said this was the first time they have received a donation like this for their program.
“Not to this magnitude, this is the first time,” he added.
The grant money is also allowing Bender to get a new press for destructive testing.
“We bend the students’ plates and basically destroy their welds to show them if they are good quality or not,” he said.
The importance of getting the press is it will show students if they are following the welding procedures, then their plates can be bent in half and the weld will be as strong or stronger than the metal it is joining.
There are nearly 80 students who will be making use of the new equipment and space for the 2017-18 school year.
It ranges from Grade 10 to Grade 12 students who take part in the welding courses.
All the hands-on learning tools the school is able to have, Bender said will enrich the learning environment for the students.
“I’m always searching to make things better for kids, so this is definitely a huge improvement for every student that will take part in the welding courses,” he said.
Over the last few years, Bender said the welding courses at the school have gained popularity.
“We started out with just offering a few courses each year, and now we are up to eight welding courses this school year alone,” he said. “It’s grown a lot, substantially in the last few years.”