FCAVTS Awarded Development Grant
Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School’s Welding Program, in conjunction with Mellott Company, has been awarded the Welder Workforce Development grant offered through the American Welding Society (AWS).
AWS Executive Director Sam Gentry, wrote that the international organization had received a number of grant applications but “felt that the impact your proposal will make on our industry and welding professionals was very worthy of our support.” The letter further states that the process was very competitive, but “your application had an edge.”
The grant’s agreement includes that three welding students at the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School will be selected and trained throughout the 2011-12 school year, and will be hired by Mellott Company upon graduation and completion of the instruction. In addition, eight Mellott Company employees will receive AWS Certification for structural welding. Two supervisors will also receive additional training in order to earn an AWS Certified Welding Supervisor certification.
Mellott Company will be conducting an informational meeting and tour for potential student employees, and their parents, for the three positions and votech welding instructor Elisa Ramsey will be available to answer questions. All juniors in the welding program through the Fulton County Vo-Tech are eligible. Mellott Company will meet, interview and test all interested juniors and make their initial selection before the end of the 2011 school year.
“I am excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students, and for them to see that their hard work and dedication to learning the art of welding really does pay off,” welding instructor Elisa Ramsey said. Greg Walters, operations manager for Mellott Company, also expressed his enthusiasm for the grant, “Ms. Ramsey is an excellent instructor and for us to have the opportunity to have her instruct and help our employees to become AWS certified is a real bonus for our company and our customers, as well as the students of the welding program and the community.”