PRESIDENT’S REPORT | May 2014 SCC to offer American Welding Society (AWS) Certificate course in June 26th Annual Commencement Exercises Top: Several students filmed the day, while seated and even as they crossed the stage. Left: Keynote speaker, Graham Fisher, Ph.D., shared valuable lessons on past experiences with the class of 2014. Above: Students and their families enjoyed beautiful weather following the ceremony outside the College Center. Helling is Distinguished Alumni Award recipient More than 820 students graduated during SCC’s 26th annual commencement exercises Saturday, May 17, at the College Center on 2014 Distinguished campus. Alum Laura Helling During the ceremonies, the SCC Foundation presented its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award to Laura Helling, director of development for Wings of Hope. A returning learner, Helling received her Associate of Arts degree from SCC in 2001 before continuing her education. “Before the luck – and there was some – there was a tremendous amount of hard work, and that started here on this campus,” Helling said. Graham R. Fisher, Ph.D., chief scientist at SunEdison Inc. in St. Peters, Mo., gave the keynote address. “Your degree will give you more choices on what is next for you,” he said. “Remember, in life, it’s not so much where you go but it’s more about what you do when you get there.” Of the 227 graduates receiving honors distinctions, 30 received Highest Honors, 91 received High Honors and 106 earned the Honors distinction. Classes are now forming at St. Charles Community College for a nationally recognized American Welding Certificate that covers welding techniques in manufacturing. The certificate includes skills training in the areas of safety, equipment identification, drawing and symbols, cutting and weld techniques MIG, TIG, GMAW, SMAW. Flexible lab and classroom opportunities allow participants to earn industry credentials that validate their skills in welding. Current welders who want to improve their skills are also welcome to apply. “The benefits of a welding certification are that there are so many industries that need welders today: fabrication, manufacturing industries, mining, the petroleum and energy industries, and steel and bridge construction,” said Fay Aubuchon, associate director of workforce programs and services at SCC. “Welders are in high demand and the salaries are high, too.” For registration information, contact Patty McNamee at 636-255-6060 x 5213 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes begin in June. This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership.