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MCC welding program debuts new building to community with a ribbon cutting ceremony

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MCC Governing Board President Dr. Julie Bare cuts the ribbon unveiling the new welding building on the Bullhead City campus. (From left to right) MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, BHC Dean of Student and Community Engagement Dr. Carolyn Hamblin, BHC Welding Instructor Zachary Drew, Dr. Julie Bare, Career and Technical Education Associate Dean of Instruction Jason Gee and Heather Pyatt.
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MOHAVE COUNTY – Current and future welding students on the Mohave Community College Bullhead campus now get to enjoy new state of the art building.

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.

Dr. Stacy Klippenstein addresses the audience during the ribbon cutting of the new welding building on the Mohave Community College Bullhead Campus.

Dr. Stacy Klippenstein addresses the audience during the ribbon cutting of the new welding building on the Mohave Community College Bullhead Campus.

The new BHC welding building has 12 booths for students to use.

The new BHC welding building has 12 booths for students to use.

MCC Governing Board President Dr. Julie Bare cuts the ribbon unveiling the new welding building on the Bullhead City campus. (From left to right) MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, BHC Dean of Student and Community Engagement Dr. Carolyn Hamblin, BHC Welding Instructor Zachary Drew, Dr. Julie Bare, Career and Technical Education Associate Dean of Instruction Jason Gee and Heather Pyatt.

MCC Governing Board President Dr. Julie Bare cuts the ribbon unveiling the new welding building on the Bullhead City campus. (From left to right) MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, BHC Dean of Student and Community Engagement Dr. Carolyn Hamblin, BHC Welding Instructor Zachary Drew, Dr. Julie Bare, Career and Technical Education Associate Dean of Instruction Jason Gee and Heather Pyeatt.

Zachary Drew, BHC welding instructor, thanks the college and those who worked on constructing the new building.

Zachary Drew, BHC welding instructor, thanks the college and those who worked on constructing the new building.