Friday a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to show the new 2,000 square-foot multipurpose space which provides instructional and lab space. Students now have access to 12 welding booths and other outside work spaces in the adjoining yard.
MCC Governing Board president, Julie Bare welcomed everyone in attendance and introduced Bullhead welding faculty and those who worked to make the new building a reality.
In 2019, the legislature authorized a one-time funding of $14.2 million to Arizona’s rural community colleges for workforce development programs. MCC received $1.2 million and is using the money to pay for eight initiatives that directly benefit students in skilled trades and healthcare programs. Expanding the welding building was one of the eight.
Zachary Drew, BHC Welding Instructor, expressed his gratitude to all of those who worked on to complete the building and what this means for the future of the program.
“This building means more opportunity for students and growth in our school,” he said. “Students are ecstatic about the new building, they love that there’s more room and new equipment.”
Drew said future students coming in they get to experience and learn new updated equipment that will prepare them for the industry.
Students are able to use equipment from a variety of manufacturers, including Arclight Dynamics, Baileigh, ESAB, Everlast, Lincoln, Miller and Hypertherm. The building doubles the student capacity and provides a superior training experience for projects by having more room for creativity.
Those who are interested in being a welding student, visit www.Mohave.edu/Welding. Our welding program is offered in Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City.