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October 2016

Special Pricing on School-Pak for Qualified Schools

We’ve combined our popular POWER MIG® 210 MP multi-process welder with the new Square Wave® TIG 200 AC/DC TIG /Stick welder into a School-Pak™ at an education-discounted price of $1,999. That’s $599 off the normal $2598 price for the two welders when purchased separately. Together, these two compact welders will handle SMAW, AC & DC GTAW, GMAW and FCAW welding. Each can be operated on 120V or 230V input. Contact your local authorized Lincoln Electric distributor or Lincoln Electric sales office to get started. MORE

Lincoln Electric Education Solutions – Teacher / Observer Program        

For the 2016-17 academic year and beyond, many schools are starting up welding programs or adding additional instructors to their team. New instructors may not know that Lincoln Electric offers a Teacher/Observer program designed to allow instructors to audit classes in The Lincoln Electric Welding School in Cleveland, OH. New or experienced teachers can learn how we teach, ask questions, troubleshoot their technique and more. Registration and course fees are free for up to one week for instructors from qualified schools. MORE

How Do You Attract Non-Traditional Students?

Photo courtesy of The Morning Journal

Is your school seeking to attract non-traditional students to STEM-related welding and manufacturing technology programs? Are you struggling to direct students to a skilled trades career path? Here’s a report from The Morning Journal about a recent Careers in STEM event at Lorain County Community College for area high school students presented by the college’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. The college used a Lincoln Electric VRTEX® virtual reality welding simulator to engage students and let them try their hand at SMAW welding. MORE

Welding Education is on the Rebound!

Across the country, welding education programs are starting up or returning to regions that shuttered their programs 5-20 years ago.  The Herald-Whig reports on a dual credit Industrial Maintenance certificate program at Hamilton High School in Quincy, Illinois. North Central Michigan College is partnering with the Industrial Arts Institute in the Petoskey, Michigan area to offer an associate degree in Welding. Butte College in Chico, California is seeking funding to enhance its welding program to prepare residents for ‘living-wage careers’.  All of these programs are being driven by the demands of local employers to provide qualified employees. Tell us what your community is doing to bring welding back. MORE

Buy MORE, Save MORE Promotion          

Are you looking for ways to engage students or save on program costs? The folks in Lincoln Electric’s Education Solutions group just made it easier to add VRTEX® Virtual Reality Welding Simulators to your welding program. For a limited time, when you purchase multiple units, your school can save $7,000 to $48,000 depending on model and quantity. Adding a VRTEX model can actually help you save money by reducing the steel or aluminum your students weld on along with the electrode or wire and shielding gas currently consumed in the early weeks of any welding class. MORE

How Do We Rebuild the American Dream for Those Without a College Education?

Here’s a set of suggestions on how to rebuild the path between high school and a middle class lifestyle that workers enjoyed in previous generations. ‘Middle skills’ jobs, including positions in advanced manufacturing, are 54 percent of the jobs in the U.S. with only 44 percent of American workers qualified to fill them.  First, crank up new CTE public-private partnerships to offer a seamless path to technical middle skills careers. Second, complete passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587) recently approved 37-0 by the House Education and Workforce Committee to reauthorize the Perkins Act. Third, invest in STEM and CTE teacher recruitment, preparation and professional development. MORE

The Multiplier Effect: Creating a Culture of Educational Attainment         

The Times Record published this insightful article about a study on non-completers in Oklahoma. The surveys and focus groups revealed that ‘students whose parents hold some kind of secondary degree or certification are more likely to attain at least the same level of education themselves’. The study found that many students drop out of high school to avoid bullying issues. At the postsecondary level, non-completers tend to drop out because of a family emergency or crisis, often with loan debt and no degree to show for it. MORE


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