Montcalm Area Career Center’s welding program remodeled

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:48 am on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Members of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District Board of Education toured the new welding room during their meeting on Wednesday and talked with welding instructor Kurt Goodman, far left. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

SIDNEY — Welding students at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) are settling into a new room remodeled to provide a safer atmosphere for the students.

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education moved the location of their meeting Wednesday to be held at the MACC to take a tour of the new welding room.

“It’s dramatically different,” said MACC Principal Celena Mills.

MACC welding instructor Kurt Goodman was part of an advisory committee that looked into the remodel and how to make the room better.

The project cost about $160,000 and mainly included a new exhaust system by Nederman Systems, along with new curtains around the work stations and put electrical systems in the stations.

“(The remodel) was the best for our purpose,” Mills said.

The exhaust system makes the room quieter, the curtains — that are see through and red in color allow Goodman to see his students and it protects other’s eyes from the light while students are welding.

The Montcalm Area Career Center received updates to its welding program making the welding room healthier and safer for the students with a new exhaust system.

“It improves the health and wellness of the students,” Goodman said.

Project discussion began in the spring and official began in June, which took about three months to complete.

He said students who are returning really notice a difference from the upgrade.

“I want to thank the students and my paraprofessional for making this happen,” Goodman said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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