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09/21/18 - The Texas High School Welding Series (THSWS) kicked off the 2018-19 school year at Columbus High School. This welding event sure lived up to its name "Texas Heat!" 9 schools bringing a combined 82 welding students competed in Welding, Cutting, Quiz/Tool ID, Underwater Welding and Team Building events. Schools represented Cypress Ridge, Klein Forest, Morton Ranch, Giddings, Rockdale, Schulenburg, Rice Consolidated, Jersey Village and Columbus High Schools. 
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11/29/18 - The inaugural, "Tiger Tough" Rockdale Welding Contest is expecting 96 welding students from 12 area high schools. This event is sponsored by Perry & Perry Builders, Inc, serving Central Texas in Steel Erections since 1972. "Tiger Tough" Welding Contest is part of the Texas High School Welding Series organized this year by a handful of Texas High School Welding Instructors, Motivated Welding Leaders in Industry and some of Texas' Finest Welding Schools. Students from Brenham, Columbus, Cypress Ridge, Giddings, Jersey Village, Klein Forest, Morton Ranch, Rockdale, Caldwell, Magnolia, Milano and Yoe will be testing their skills in Welding, Cutting, Quiz/Tool ID, Underwater Welding, Team Build and Job Interview. Results 
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11/29/18 - The 5th Annual Columbus FFA Welding Event “Cardinal Classic” was held on Dec 14th in the Bobby Marburger Agricultural Education Pavilion at Columbus High School. Columbus FFA is proud to have joined Texas High School Welding Series whose mission is promote Texas Educators and Industry Leaders working together to develop the technical and employability skills necessary in today's youth for tomorrow's welding industry. The morning of Dec 14th brought 25 High Schools with 233 welding students to the AWS Certification event.  Students tested their skills in Welding, Oxy/Fuel Cutting, Safely & Tool Knowledge, Team Building Events and Underwater Welding.
These events don’t just happen it takes a lot of time, teamwork and support to make it possible.

The Schools working together so make the THSWS event possible include Columbus, Rockdale, Klein Forest, Morton Ranch, Jersey Village, Cypress Ridge, Giddings & Brenham.

Industry sponsors are at the center of the Texas High School Welding Series and each provides an important part to ensure success.  Local sponsors include KWI, IPS, Titan, Miller Steel Fabrication, Praxair, Western International Gas, SNCLavalin, Schneider Welding, AL&M Building Supply, ITW, Lincoln Electric, All-Tex Welding Supply, Acuren, Airgas, AIW, Magid, Vallen, Bohler, Northern Tool & Equipment, Binzel and AlumaReel. Results
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01/19/19  -  The Cypress Ridge FFA held its 6th annual Welding contest.  Contestants from Columbus, Magnolia, Beeville, Rockdale, Caldwell, Cy-Fair, Cy-Falls, Jersey Village met to compete in 1 of 3 levels.  Level 1 consisted of a 3F Fillet weld with gas type .045 flux core wire on 3/8” mild steel.  Level 2 had the students welding an open root groove weld with a 30 degree bevel on 3/8” mild steel with a 1/8” 6010 for their root pass while using gas type .045 flux core wire for their fill and cover.  Level three saw the contestants welding 4” schedule 40 pipe with a 30 degree bevel on a roll out wheel using 1/8” 6010 electrodes for their hot pass, and 1/8” 7018 electrodes for the fill and cover.  
In addition to welding in the contest, students were able to speak and visit with industry leaders, and sponsors of the contest, such as Enerflex, IPS, Alltex welding supply, I&O Manufacturing, R&N Manufacturing, JK welding, Brumley Manufacturing, Frontline Blasting, Arc Labs Welding School, TSTC, Acuren, Myraid Fabrication, Weld and Art, M & C Fabrication, and Absolute Fabrication.  By doing this, contestants were able to get a better understanding of what the industry needs are, and how they could potentially earn a position in one of their company’s.  Jump starting their career in a trade thirsty for young, energetic, new employees.  Or if they so choose, speaking with admission councilors at one of the trade schools in attendance.  In addition, the contest gives company’s a sort of “Preview day” of what is about to come out into the workforce and how instructors are meeting their needs for the next generation of employees. 
Congratulations to all the contestants and winners.  And thank you to all the sponsors.  With either, our contest or any other would not be possible.  
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02/02/19  -  Jersey Village High High School

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04/13/19  -  Klein Forest High School "KF Weld Off"
The inaugural Klein Forest Weld Off was a huge success!! Thank you to all of the schools that brought students, all of our awesome industry sponsors, my awesome teaching partners, and the entire Texas High School Welding Series team for helping make this happen. The 65 students that competed were challenged with either a 1G, 3G or Pipe weld based on their ability level. After completing their welds industry expert judges from ArcLabs Houston , Airgas and Alex DeHart completed a visual inspection before handing passing welds to the team from Acuren for an X-Ray inspection.  Students also competed in a speed cutting contest sponsored by Airgas  and a welding knowledge and tool ID test sponsored by Northern Tool + Equipment. We gave away prizes worth in excess of $4,000 from Airgas, Northern Tool And Lincoln Electric, and three scholarships to Arclabs Welding worth almost $22,000! We had 20 contestants pass both visual and X-Ray to AWS or API codes and earn welding certification.  Also a huge thanks to Mr. Dwayne Farmer from Houston Process and Design (a KF Alumnus) for sponsoring lunch, Brumley Manufacturing and Industrial Piping Specialists for donating the welding coupons, Lincoln Electric for donating all the rods and wire, all of our Ag Mech Alumni for helping to work the contest, and the Klein Forest Ffa students that helped serve and cook lunch. Check out the results on the link below, and support our sponsors by using the great coupons to northern tool linked below. Seriously if nothing else get a free bucket!



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04/13/19  -  Katy ISD "Learning and Burning"

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