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Joseph Robinson, far left, TVA’s manager of Valley Relations, recently presented a $2,500 grant check to presented Mike Russell, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman welding instructor, second from left, in a presentation attended by state Sen. Ken Yager, center, Tennessee Technology Center Director Danice Turpin, and Tennessee Technology Center Assistant Director Chris Ayers.
The funds were awarded as a grant from TVA’s Corporate Contribution Fund.
TVA’s support for public education emphasizes learning activities associated with energy and environmental education as well as technical education in skill areas that are vital to TVA’s workforce.
Russell applied for the grant to replace a dated Lincoln Ideal Arc Welder with a new Lincoln Electric Precision TIG 225 Welder.
The center reopened the welding department in 2008 due to the demand for welders in the Tennessee Valley.
The program is designed to teach all welding processes to include MIG, TIG and Shielded Metal Arc welding over a 12-month period.
Upon completion of the program, students are certified as combination welders. Yager, who assisted in the grant application process, expressed his support for the welding program and thanked TVA for its support of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.