February 5, 2009
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
CARRYING A TORCH FOR WELDING
AND PRECISION MACHINING
On Saturday, February 7, Clark College will host
the Regional High School VICA/Skills USA Machining and Welding Contest
VANCOUVER, Wash. – On Saturday, February 7, the torch will be passed to the next generation of welders and machinists as Clark College hosts, for the 32nd consecutive year, the Regional High School VICA/Skills USA Machining and Welding Contest.
The competition will be held in the college’s machining complex in building AA-5, and the welding complex in building AA-2. Located on the southeast corner of Clark’s main campus, the buildings are on McLoughlin Blvd. between Fort Vancouver Way and E. Reserve Street. Parking will be available in the college’s orange parking lots. Maps and driving directions are available at www.clark.edu/maps.
Thirty-five students from seven regional high schools are scheduled to take part. For the first time in more than 10 years, all five of the Southwest Washington high schools that offer machining programs will be participating in the event.
Participating high schools are:
|Battle Ground||7 welders||No machining program|
|Centralia||6 welders||No machining program|
|Evergreen||3 welders||2 machining|
|La Center||0 welders||3 machining|
|Mountain View||4 welders||2 machining|
|Prairie||2 welders||4 machining|
|Washougal||0 welders||2 machining|
The machining competition will begin at 9 a.m. in building AA5. The top finishers will take the next step by advancing to the state contest.
The welding contest will take place in room 101 of building AA2. It will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will finish mid-afternoon. Each school will be represented by five contestants as well as their instructor. The top finishers will advance to the state contest.
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “Our welding technology and machining technology programs provide world-class facilities for this contest.
I hope that members of the community will to come out to the college to see some of the best young machinists and welders in our region.”