Contributed photo / Kirk Summers
Currently, 14 students at Clearwater Valley High School are in the welding class, two of whom are female.
As of Tuesday, February 6, 2018
KOOSKIA Thanks to some federal funding, Clearwater Valley High School’s agricultural program is now a little bit richer. In machinery, anyway.
The CVHS agricultural ed program recently received the Carl Perkins Federal Grant for the 2017-18 year and with that money was able to purchase six new DialArc 250 ac/dc welders, eight regulators, 11 hoses, nine torches, 18 tips, and 12 electrode holders.
“The equipment will allow the students to learn and develop skills necessary to meet industry standards,” explained agricultural science teacher Kirk Summers. “The equipment is the current use of the industry at this time. All of the new welding equipment meets the highest safety standards and thus will allow students to learn and work according to the safety standards of the industries.”
The Carl Perkins Act federal funding is for career and technical programs in Idaho. Perkins funds are intended to improve and expand, not maintain, career and technical education programs through student attainment of challenging academic and technical standards, integration of academic and career and technical instruction, linkage between secondary and post-secondary education, as well as provide individuals with opportunities for lifelong learning.
This grant is submitted by the teacher to the CTE administrator, who then reviews it and approves it, the federal programs administrator reviews it, and finally the superintendent reviews and signs, and it is forwarded on to the state for their review and approval.
Mountain View School District 244 CTE administrator Jenna Boggan explained Mountain View School District has a rotating schedule for this grant, with CVHS receiving the grant for their business program and the agricultural education program. Grangeville High School receives the grant for its business, agricultural education and the family and consumer science programs.
“The grant varies each year in amount, but this year it was $18,000,” Boggan said.
Summers said 14 students are currently enrolled in the welding class at CVHS: 12 male students and two female students.
“Part of having a CTE program is to have students be college or career ready. With the new welders we feel that we are giving our students a better chance of finding a job in the welding field if that is the career path they choose or if they pursue welding in college they already have experience and will be more successful,” added CVHS principal Adam Uptmor. “Also, learning a skill like welding is useful throughout a person’s lifetime and fits our vision statement of having students who are successful lifelong learners.”