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Clark College News and Events


January 12, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921
bkerr@clark.edu

CARRYING A TORCH FOR WELDING
AND PRECISION MACHINING

On Saturday, January 27, Clark College will host
the Regional High School VICA/Skills USA Machining and Welding Contest

VANCOUVER, Wash. – On Saturday, January 27, the torch will be passed to the next generation of welders and machinists as Clark College hosts the Regional High School VICA/Skills USA Machining and Welding Contest. This is the 30th consecutive year that Clark has hosted the event. Clark College is located at 1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver.

Clark College interim president Bob Knight noted that "Clark’s machining and welding programs serve local high school students, members of our workforce who want to enhance their skills or learn new ones, and the business community as a whole. We are proud to provide first-class facilities for this competition. I hope that people in our community will take advantage of this great opportunity to see some of the best young machinists and welders in our area take part in this great competition.”

Machining Competition
Five local high schools – Evergreen, La Center, Mountain View, Prairie and Washougal -- will be represented in the machining contest, which will begin at 9 a.m. It will be held in the machine shop in Building AA5, room 109.  Building AA5 is located on the southeast corner of Clark’s main campus, on McLoughlin Blvd, between Fort Vancouver Way and E. Reserve Street. The top three finishers will take the next step by advancing to the state contest in the Tacoma Dome.

Welding Competition 
Five local high schools will be represented in the contest, including: Battle Ground, Centralia, Evergreen, Mountain View, and Prairie High Schools. Each school sends five contestants as well as their instructor. The top finishers will advance to the state contest in the Tacoma Dome and, possibly, the American Welding Society Exhibition in Chicago next November.

This competition will be held in the welding laboratory in Building AA2 on the Clark College campus. AA2 is also located on the southeast corner of Clark’s main campus, on McLoughlin Blvd, between Fort Vancouver Way and E. Reserve Street. The contest will take place in building AA2, room 101. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will finish mid-afternoon.

For additional information
For additional information about Clark’s machining and welding programs or the Regional High School VICA/Skills USA Machining and Welding Contest, call 360-992-2341.

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