Alvin ISD Hosts Inaugural Statewide Welding Competition


Alvin ISD hosted over 200 students from 26 schools throughout the state of Texas during the 1st Annual Alvin ISD Welding Showdown and Build-Off at the JB Hensler College and Career Academy.  The contest offered students the ability to receive a welding certificate from a Certified Welding Inspector as well as compete in a build-off, cutting torch competition, and a tool and safety quiz.  Students also had a chance to win an entry into this summer’s underwater welding competition.

“Alvin ISD had six students qualify to attend the competition this summer, and in addition, two other students won full scholarships to a welding school,” shared Alvin ISD CTE Curriculum Coordinator, Craig Kettler.

An additional $10,000 in scholarships was awarded to those students who placed in the top 3 of each category. The competition, which was fully funded by area vendors, industries, and welding academies, was a successful learning opportunity for CTE students to engage with industry professionals and peers. 

“It was a privilege to host the inaugural Alvin ISD Welding Showdown. The opportunities we were able to provide to students are unrivaled to anything I have ever witnessed…” shared Josh Lehman, Ag Teacher at Shadow Creek High School and Showdown organizer. 

CTE teachers and students across Texas will be anticipating the next competition in Alvin!

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