WESTCO General Manager David Briggs and Agronomy Division Manager David Shields presented Scottsbluff High School with a $10,000 contribution on Wednesday, April 11, to upgrade technology in SHS’s welding and fabrication courses.
“Today we gave a grant of $10,000 to Scottsbluff High School in support of their academy they will start in the new building next fall,” said Briggs. “They are going to use this money to purchase a plasma cutting bench and teach the kids more about working with metal.”
The funds were made possible by the CHS Seeds of Stewardship program, which matches funds for community projects, with priority given to projects that develop the next generation of agricultural leaders or improve safety in agriculture within a cooperative’s community.
“The welding program actually has 15 welding hoods for students to use, it will build on their skills and overall we want to support the academy concept at SHS to teach kids,” he said. “Not just about ag, but all kinds of industries so they can go out and earn a living.”
SHS Principal Mike Halley said the PlasmaCam will enhance student instruction and provide equipment that is consistent with that used in industry. By learning to operate the PlasmaCam, students will be able to create intricate metal designs for marketing and promotional materials and fabricate parts and equipment for repairs and construction of machinery.