Participating Sponsor: SkillsUSA Welding Competition

Central Welding Supply and Pacific Welding Supplies are a proud to support student welding education through SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade.

Grants-pass classroomLast week Central Welding Supply staff members, Bryan Blackhurst and Nate Bowman, volunteered their time to work with SkillsUSA welding students at Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass, OR. The high school took 6th Place at SkillsUSA’s national welding competition last year. Bryan Blackhurst, Outside Sales, comes from Central Welding Supply in Medford, OR and Nate Bowman, CWI, CWS, CWE, is a weld scientist on staff at Central Welding Supply’s Portland, OR location.

grants-pass-skillsusa-prepJohn Groom, Manager, from Medford, OR donated all new welding coats, gloves, and helmets for the competition, as well as loaned the Lincoln 350MP multi-purpose welder for students to use while training for the competition.

SkillsUSA welding competitions are supported by Central Welding Supply throughout our service areas in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Students in area schools are training for regional competitions that begin after the New Year.

Certified Welders on staff at both Central Welding Supply and Pacific Welding Supplies also support student welders in the workplace, when a customer requests help to define procedure for a welding or metal-cutting task.

MORE SkillsUSA Programs in our area…

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Last year’s SkillsUSA students in Centralia

Centralia, WA SkillsUSA  – Patricia McMahan, Outside Sales, from our Pacific Welding Supply location in Chehalis, WA has served students in the area SkillsUSA program for many years, managing donations, equipment, and serving as judge for the competition.

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SkillsUSA students competing in Portland, OR

Portland, OR SkillsUSA  – Nate Bowman also supports students training for competition in the Portland, OR area. As well as offering related classes, Nate organizes the donation of equipment and prizes from Central’s Portland, OR location and serves as a judge at the competition.

SkillsUSA student welders in Wasilla, Alaska

Wasilla, AK SkillsUSA  – David Ratner, Manager of our Central Welding Supply location in Wasilla, AK has launched support for SkillsUSA from one of our newer locations. As well supporting SkillsUSA events, David reaches out to students in school welding programs, as well as donates a variety of welding and safety products used for prizes at the SkillsUSA welding competition.

BEST OF LUCK to students throughout our territory in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska as you prepare for SkillsUSA 2020 competition!

Learn more about SkillsUSA.

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