A chapter of the American Welding Society is organizing on the Coos Bay Campus. Jessica Carder, a second year welding student said “Women can excel at this vocation, it requires attention to detail and more and more women are pursuing this skill.” Carder hopes the club will help promote the idea of women in welding by becoming more visible at SWOCC and in the community.
Brandon Ledsome, also a second year welding student said the students are organizing themselves to carry out new projects that will help the welding program and the community. Welding materials are very expensive and the cost of certification can be expensive for students who are already stretching their budgets.
Last year the students designed and built a trailer and BBQ’s. The BBQ’s rival commercially built BBQ’s that are seen at community fairs and similar functions. They see the club volunteering to make this equipment available to community projects for a donation in return.
Carder and Ledsome said that many businesses in the community recognize the value of the welding program at SWOCC and have given materials and supplies to help out the program. These companies include: Oregon Tool, Oregon Pacific, Farrs True Value Hardware, Industrial Source, Empire Mercantile, Farwest Tire, Coos Head Forest Products, Gold Coast Truck Repair, Shinglehouse, Bed Rock Cat & Core.