High School students enrolled in Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s Dual Enrollment program participated in the first Annual South Georgia & Southwest Georgia Skills Challenge. This was a skills competition that brought in 19 area schools and 150 student competitors. The event was held at the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie with sponsors that included AGC Georgia, JCI Contractors, and Tulsa Welding School.
Students competed in areas of masonry, plumbing, electrical and construction. The welding event was set up and run by Tulsa Welding School. There were 70 student welders who competed, with the top 10 being recognized. The prizes included a Lincoln Arc Welder that was awarded to the top 10 participants and a $5,000 scholarship to the first place winner. Wiregrass had several students competing in the welding skills events. The students were challenged with doing a 2G vertical T-joint, one-side multiple stringers and the other single weave with a 1/4” leg. They were given 15 minutes to complete the task. Wiregrass Dual Enrollment students Taylor Wade, a student from Fitzgerald High School, placed fifth and Alex Castro, a student at Wiregrass Regional College and Career Academy, placed seventh. Both students won a Lincoln Arc Welder.
Fitzgerald High School and Wiregrass Dual Enrollment student, Taylor Wade, placed fifth in the Southwest Georgia Skills Competition in Welding.