Westside Unveils Welding, Fabrication & Manufacturing Lab
Updated October 7, 2019
Westside Community Schools in partnership with the Westside Foundation unveiled a state-of-the-art welding, fabrication and manufacturing lab at Westside High School on Thursday, October 3 at 4:00pm. This project was funded by more than 40 donors including some of Nebraska’s top corporations and the Nebraska Department of Labor.
“It’s important for students, parents and teachers to understand the benefit technical education provides and have the opportunity to explore potential careers with hands-on experience prior to graduating high school,” said Scott Moore, Union Pacific’s Senior Vice President – Corporate Relations, Chief Administrative Officer and Union Pacific Foundation President.
“Industries nationwide are in dire need of qualified, talented trades workers,” said Tyler Owen of Owen Industries, and a 1990 Westside High Graduate. “This facility will provide top instruction and opportunity for our future workforce. We are investing in a new generation of engineers, welders and industry experts who we hope join our Nebraska and Iowa based companies and economy.”
The Westside High School Welding, Fabrication and Manufacturing Lab provides 2,500 square feet of space devoted to trades instruction. In addition to state of the art equipment, students have access to mentorships, apprenticeships, and hands-on experience through strategic partnerships with local companies.
“My hope is that the Omaha business community can hold Westside up as a model school example for what others should be doing for workforce development,” said another project donor.
Governor Pete Ricketts, a Westside High School graduate, was part of the dedication and steel cutting ceremony. He also declared October Manufacturing Month in Nebraska, presenting an official proclamation to Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas and Westside Board President Adam Yale.
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