Montcalm County welding program to receive donations

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:21 am on Friday, May 11, 2012

SIDNEY – The Montcalm Area Career Center will receive a $1,000 worth of donations for its welding program.

Perry Hill, a Montcalm Community College welding student, and Lincoln Electric Co. is donating welding jackets to the program, according to Paula Fortino, associate superintendent for Career Technical Education and the principal of the Montcalm Area Career Center.

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Board accepted the donation at their regular meeting Wednesday.

“Our close collaboration with business and industry has provided us with valuable input on resources,” Fortino said. “These donations today represent only a portion of the generosity of our partners, who not only donate goods, but also their expertise and time in helping students in Montcalm develop marketable skills.”

Perry Hill is donating 12 welding jackets and Lincoln Electric Co. is donating 13 for a total of 25, which will total about $1,000 in worth.

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht said donations like this help students and programs develop.

“Donations like these are extremely important to us at the MAISD,” Koenigsknecht. “Not only do they help our students receive the best career and technical education experience that they can but they are also a testament to the strong partnerships we have with the community we serve.”

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