In honor of National Manufacturing Day on October 6th, OrthoWorx held the "Think Ortho Tour" last Thursday right here in The Orthopedic Capital of the World. Over 200 8th graders from area schools & their parents attended the program that hoped to encourage students to pursue technical careers in the growing orthopedic industry. The event included tours of Ivy Tech's Orthopedic & Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (OAMTC), the Warsaw Area Career Center Welding Lab, and a local orthopedic company, Precision Medical Technologies. Students & parents both were able to learn about the orthopedic industry, advanced manufacturing career opportunities available in the Warsaw area, and the skills needed to pursue those exciting careers. The Think Ortho Tour was part of OrthoWorx's Talent Development Initiative to address the skills gap in the orthopedic industry. Special thanks to OrthoWorx, PMT, the WACC, & the OAMTC for making this event possible!
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Mr. Paseka's Welding Technology II students competed at the 39th AWS Midwest Welding competition last Thursday & Friday in Indianapolis, hosted by J.Everett Light Career Center. This was the first year the Warsaw Area Career Center competed in this competition and as a school, Warsaw placed 15th out of 26 teams. Students in attendance were: Taylor Cassel, Kody Ogan, Seth Conley, Brandon McCord, & Kole Komedeur. Individually, Taylor placed 5th & Kody placed 6th overall. Congratulations & great job guys!
Kody Ogan, a senior student here at WCHS, is part of our Welding Technology Academy. He is currently taking Welding Technology II with Mr. Paseka. Kody states that he's grown up working on cars with close family members and loves the opportunity to continue to grow through this program. In his free time, Kody enjoys spending time with his friends & working at O'Reilly Auto Parts. His real passion and career ambition is to be on a NHRA Professional Drag Racing team. Kody wants to build race cars & engines for a living and eventually move to Sandy Valley, a small town in Southern Nevada.
Taylor Cassel, advanced welding student, carefully monitors progress on the largest cutting project so far for WACC welding. Taylor designed and programmed our CNC Plasma cutter to make a geodesic dome fire pit. The total inches of travel and cut is 5,000 and will take about 3 hours of cut time to complete. The final picture shows the progress of the cuts thus far on the computer. Can't wait to see the finished product!
Our Welding Technology students made this cut-out that was presented to a guest at the Wagon Wheel Theater this past Saturday. Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, who is a Medal of Honor recipient and an author, joined Craig Morgan on the stage for his American Stories Tour. We are so proud of our students for their continued support to servicemen & women!
A local Army Veteran was also given a huge surprise that evening. Check out more of the details of this wonderful event here: