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WKCTC Receives $5,000 grant from TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority has awarded West Kentucky Community amp; Technical College a $5,000 grant for the college's gas metal arc welding program.

WKCTC President Barbara Veazey and TVA Representative Nancy MitchellNancy Mitchell, Valley Relations Manager, presented the check to WKCTC President Barbara Veazey Friday, October 30.

"TVA has contributed significantly over the years to launch a new program or a course of study." Veazey said. "We appreciate the partnership and the expertise TVA lends to our college faculty and staff."

Tena Payne, vice president of academic affairs, said WKCTC's Gas Metal Arc Welding certificate teaches the basic principles of welding. Students learn MIG welding, which is used in industrial settings. Students learn to read blueprints, cut metal, and weld. The equipment funding provided by TVA will allow the program at the Kevil Workforce Solutions Center to teach students to cut metal used for welding.

"TVA recognizes the importance of providing financial assistance to educational institutions such as WKCTC. Through the Gas Metal Arc Welding Courses, the College is creating an atmosphere that will educate and train future workers for energy providers such as TVA," Robert Casey, TVA, Shawnee Plant Manager. "Investing in courses such as the GMAW, provides TVA with the opportunity to invest in our future workforce, and the communities we proudly serve."

TVA supports public education programs that emphasize learning activities associated with energy and environmental education as well as vocational and technical education in skill areas that are vital to TVA's workforce. TVA supports institutions that educate and train individuals with skills that TVA and industries locating in the region will need in the future.