Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Meridian Community College’s Welding and Cutting Technology Program, along with MCC President Dr. Scott Elliott, announced Wednesday afternoon the donation of a community bench to the city of Meridian, for permanent display at Meridian City Hall.
The community bench is the product of a semester long project at MCC’s Workforce Development Welding and Cutting Technology class and is given in honor of Meridian Community College’s 75th Anniversary celebration.
The bench will be on display at the Meridian City Hall as public seating. It is made of steel square tubing and is just over 4 feet long. Other benches made by the welding students are also scheduled to be placed at Bonita Lakes and on the campus of Meridian Community College.
“Creating projects like this in the classroom provides a hands-on engaging educational experience for the students and it builds their confidence,” welding instructor Shane Simmons said. “I am honored to support these students’ hard work and creative expression. I hope displaying their bench outside city hall inspires all those who see it to learn more about this worthwhile program.”
MCC Welding students and MCC administration presented the finished bench to Mayor Cheri Barry and staff at a ceremony Wednesday afternoon outside city hall.
The Welding and Cutting Technology is a one-year program designed to prepare students for employment and advancement in industrial plants and construction companies. MCC’s Welding and Cutting Technology program is well-grounded in fundamental job competencies that emphasize various kinds of welding and cutting applications, such as shielded metal arc welding, flux cored arc welding, gas tungsten welding, gas metal arc welding as well as welding safety, inspection and testing.
The course covers basic metal preparation and fitting and is designed to accommodate the hobbyist as well as tradesman.
Call the MCC Community & Business Development office at 601-482-7445 to learn more about other training opportunities.