Welding students set the stage for Frontier Days Centennial Homecoming

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City of Swift Current Kinetic Park Superintendent Barry Hart (far left) and Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association representative Tracey Stevenson (centre left) present Great Plains College President David Keast (centre right) and Welding Instructor Jared McKenzie (far right) a cheque for $2,000. The Welding students (back rows) manufactured and produced mobile stage sections for the Frontier Days Centennial Homecoming.

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Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association representative Tracey Stevenson and City of Swift Current Kinetic Park Superintendent Barry Hart, recently donated $2,000 to the Great Plains College Welding program for the manufacturing and production of mobile stage sections.

Students of the program built five 8’ by 8’ stage sections for use at the upcoming exhibition which takes place from June 26-29 as part of the 2014 Frontier Days and Centennial Homecoming weekend.

“This project gave the students an opportunity to work on something ‘real life’,” explained welding instructor Jared McKenzie. “They had to measure and draw a functioning blueprint and then fabricate and finish paint everything. Basically, they honed skills that will be expected of them in any job they take after school is finished.”

Tracey Stevenson and Barry Hart are thrilled by the venture.

“This is one example of how a partnership can benefit a community for years to come. We are very happy with the final product and pleased to be able to support the college in this way,” said Stevenson.

The donation will be put toward the Great Plains College Entrance Scholarship fund.

Great Plains College offers Welding Certificate programs in Swift Current and Rosetown. Individuals interested in the program can visit www.greatplainscollege.ca or call 1-866-773-1531 for more information.

Organizations: Great Plains College, Swift Current Agricultural and Exhibition Association

Geographic location: Swift Current Kinetic Park, Swift Current, Rosetown

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