Donation Helps WVHS Students, Saves Money
By David Keeler
A donation by a retired GTP employee is helping WVHS shop students learn the basics of welding and at the same time saving the school district money.
Mercur resident Terry Fairchild fabricated a welding booth that will not only be used by students in Mike Reibson’s shop class, but will serve as a pattern for the students to construct similar booths.
The cost of purchasing a factory-built welding booth is $751, according to Reibson. That means when students build more of the booths, the school will save over $4,000.
Arrow United provided the material that Fairchild, who operates a custom welding business from his home, used to construct the welding booth. He’s also served as a welding instructor at the Northern Tier Career Center.
Reibson noted that qualified welders are highly sought by the gas industry, and the skills students learn at WVHS are a first step to additional training that could result in high-paying jobs.
The school’s existing welding booths are outdated and need to be replaced, Reibson said.