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ICTC: Platt receives four-year scholarship for welding

by CHANEL SHERRY, Gazette Student News Reporter on February 28, 2014 10:50 AM

The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association is an organization that helps improve the metal forming and fabricating industry.

Clark Metal Products, located in Blairsville, is a supporter of the FMA foundation Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs. Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs has awarded scholarships to students who are majoring in a manufacturing career.

Most recently a scholarship was presented to Brandon Platt, son of Clark Metal employee Bill Platt.

Platt won a scholarship for his post-secondary studies at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williams-port.

[PHOTO: ICTC machining students, from left, Josh Cable, Robert Kunkle and Kenny Haight stood with Machining Technology instructor Keith McCracken and student Tyler George in the machining shop. (Crystal Bryner/Indiana County Technology Center)]

He is a four-year student in the Welding Engineering degree program and plans to graduate in May of 2015.

Platt completed a welding co-op with Clark Metal Products as a high school senior at Indiana County Technology Center. We congratulate Platt on his accomplishments and wish him a great future as well.

In addition, Clark Metal has won the Employer of the Year award in Indiana County presented by the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board Inc.

The Employer of the Year award is presented to employers who have significantly contributed to the workforce development system within the region.

Clark has also won the 2013 PA Educational Workforce Leadership Award for its work with the Indiana County Technology Center.

Keith McCracken, instructor of the Machining Technology program, said, “Clark Metal has been consistently extending itself to ICTC in a variety of ways. Students have toured, shadowed and been placed in cooperative education settings.

Clark Metal has also been represented on both the Machining Technology and Welding Technology Occupational Advisory committees at the ICTC for a long time as well as providing judges for our National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exams and Skills competitions.

They take their involvement in the manufacturing and educational communities very seriously.”

Connecting business and industry with the technical educational opportunities available at the ICTC adds value to our community.

The ICTC appreciates working with Clark Metal Products as well as many other supportive employers in our region to provide valuable experiences for our students.

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