Caption: VHSS invited guests to celebrate the wrap up on MOM camps on February 11.
Just about a year ago, the manufacturing program at Valley Heights Secondary School only had two metal inert gas (MIG) welders and one bench. Today the school is on its way to having 10 fully functioning welding booths.
Thanks to the support of Grand Erie, Mohawk College and The Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation, the manufacturing program based out of the Norfolk County school has taken off. The CWA has provided training, machinery, instructors and funding for the program.
This special opportunity to teach and train students interested in the trade was also extended to grade 8 students in the area.
Mind over Metal (MOM) camps are designed to encourage welding and get the next generation of welding professionals engaged at a young age. They complete several projects and learn about welding and the different career paths in a safe environment.
For eight weeks, students from Houghton Public came travelled to VHSS every Tuesday and Thursday to explore the world of manufacturing through a hands on experience.
On Thursday, February 11, VHSS teacher John Dabrowski along with the CWA Foundation hosted a celebration for all 20 Houghton students as the camp came to an end. Special guests from the Canadian Welding Bureau, CWA Foundation and Grand Erie staff.