Welding program bonds school and local business

Celebrations happen every day in KPBSD schools, and a new $10,000 grant will support the Soldotna High School Welding program!

Students experience multiple pathways to life after high school, and some students receive certifications and trade expertise, then go straight into a career after graduation, others pursue additional education at a college, university, trade school, or join the military, and others take a gap year or time to determine what their next best move is. Everyone can learn skills in high school through career and technical education (CTE) courses, and Airgas USA, a leading single-source supplier of gases, welding equipment, supplies, and safety products, awarded the Soldotna High School welding program a $10,000 grant.

Dan Grove, the account manager of the Kenai Airgas branch, nominated and submitted a grant proposal, recognizing Soldotna High School in revitalizing the high school welding program with the industry expert Clyde Swaby. Airgas identified Soldotna High based on the education alignment with local industry needs through oil refineries, offshore platforms, fishing, and construction industries.

Soldotna High School was one out of 23 schools across the nation to be awarded this grant!

-Dan Grove, account manager, Kenai Airgas


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