The Murray Agriculture Department received a Regional Planning Partnership Consortium Grant that was used to purchase new welders for the agricultural shop. The grant funds were used to purchase five Lincoln Electric AC/DC 225/125 Stick Welders.
The purpose of the grant through the Regional Planning Partnership is to provide Career and Techincal Education (CTE) programs with the opportunity at additional funds for program improvement as they follow guidelines established by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Techincal Education Act of 2006. The funds are often used to update or purchase new classroom equipment or new curriculum to develop more fully the academic, career and technical skills of secondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.
The day the new welders were unloaded at Murray, the students in Agricultural Mechanics began assembling and using them within the hour. These welders will help prepare students for future courses or careers which would require their use of such industry-standard equipment. The grant process consisted of an application and a grant presentation.
Three students in the Agricultural Mechanics course- Daniel Little, Colton Hiatt, and Kegan Johnson- presented in front of a panel of five reviewers at Southwestern Community College as a part of the grant presentation. The three students stressed the importance of being able to learn work-related skills by having access to updated and industry-validated equipment. They also discussed how they can be better prepared to weld at home, on the farm, or in their future careers if they have the means to practice their skills at school.