WCTC partners with Lincoln Electric to open welding training facility
Waukesha County Technical College has partnered with Lincoln Electric to open a new world-class welding demonstration and training facility, the first of its kind in Wisconsin.
Officially known as the Lincoln Electric Southeastern Wisconsin Training Center at Waukesha County Technical College, the center was completely revamped and outfitted with the latest Lincoln Electric welding equipment and technology. The Lincoln Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, weld fume control equipment and plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment.
The 4,000-square-foot welding lab features 55 new Lincoln Electric welding stations, bringing the College's total welding lab space to approximately 8,000 square feet with 93 welding stations. The Lincoln Electric Partnership serves a dual role:
- For WCTC, this public/private partnership supports and enhances the college's existing welding program and provides graduates with the welding skills for today's job market requirements.
- For Lincoln, the center provides a venue for the manufacturer to conduct customer seminars and training for new products, cost reduction, productivity/process improvements, automation and engineering design, as well as for continuing education for existing customers and distributors.
WCTC School of Applied Technologies Dean Mike Shiels said the partnership allows welding students to train on the newest, state-of-the-art equipment available. There are currently 250 students enrolled in WCTC's welding programs.
"Partnering with Lincoln Electric allows WCTC to continue to grow and expand our welding programs and meet the needs of local industry," he said.
Dental Hygiene, Nursing students make a difference in Guatemala
Fifteen Dental Hygiene and Nursing students and two faculty members recently traveled to Central America as part of an education abroad program.
During the Transcultural Healthcare experience, students engaged in service learning opportunities in a small, local healthcare center in rural Guatemala. Nursing students took patient vitals, taught children about maintaining personal health and applied lice treatments. Dental Hygiene students performed screenings, cleaned teeth, applied sealants and fluoride varnish, and assisted volunteer dentists with various dental procedures. The students also visited cultural sites such as coffee farms, local markets and cultural landmarks.
WCTC Child Development Center fundraiser a success
The Child Development Center's Silent Auction and Family Concert held Feb. 19 at the College raised more than $6,000 to support the program's mission to provide quality education for early learners.
An estimated 222 guests attended the event, which featured 174 donated baskets and other items for the Silent Auction. The funds will be applied toward replacement furniture for the Center's classrooms, enrichment materials for the Infant/Toddler playground and other financial needs.