Welding program awarded for excellence

From Local Sources

PETERSBURG — The welding technology program at Pike Central High School — which is part of the Patoka Valley Career and Technical Cooperative — has been awarded the Indiana Awards for Excellence award for Career and Technical Education Secondary program of the year.

The program received the award Feb. 26 at the Indiana Department of Education’s Indiana Awards for Excellence event in Indianapolis.

The Awards for Excellence program highlights the outstanding achievement of CTE students, partners, programs and career advisement programs around the state that exemplify the ideal qualities of Career and Technical Education.

Kevin Carter, welding instructor at Pike Central, received the award on behalf of the program. The Pike Central program uses the AWS Sense program to prepare students for post-secondary success. The program has 100 percent job placement for students who want to continue to work in the welding industry. The instructor works with local employers to ensure each student has opportunity for job placement upon graduation.

The program is one of the premier secondary welding programs in the state. The program has won the team welding tournament 18 times in the past 32 years and has had 10 students in the Top 5 at the Skills USA National Competition. Two Pike Central students have won the Skills USA national Championship.

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