Midwest Technical Institute Presents Donation to Livingston Area Career Center Welding Department

East Peoria, IL-Midwest Technical Institute presented a $1,000 check donation and plaque to Livingston Area Career Center (LACC) in Pontiac, IL on May 14, 2019 following the annual Midwest Technical Institute and Delta Technical College Regional High School Welding Competition. The $1,000 donation is to support the career center’s welding department.

The plaque and check were presented to Jodi Lancaster, Welding Technology Instructor at Livingston Area Career Center, on behalf of the winner of the Illinois Region of the competition, Evan Young. The check and plaque were presented by Paul Schaefer, Campus President at MTI’s East Peoria campus, and MTI’s Director of High School Admissions, Louie Schonauer.

The MTI and DTC Regional HS Welding Competition (Illinois Region) was held at the East Peoria, IL campus of Midwest Technical Institute on Saturday, April 27, 2019. A total of 90 participants competed in the Illinois region of the competition. In the senior division, first place was awarded to Evan Young of LACC, who won a $10,000 MTI scholarship. Finishing in second place was Christopher Heuvelmann of Burlington Community High School in Iowa, who was awarded a $5,000 MTI scholarship. Savannah Davis of OKAW Area Vocational Center finished in third place, winning a $2,500 MTI scholarship.

The MTI and DTC Regional HS Welding Competition is an invite-only competition for motivated high school students who want to prove that they have what it takes to be a welder. All participants in the regional welding competition received a $500 MTI Scholarship and had the opportunity to win up to $10,000 in additional scholarships. Each participant completed a timed welding project that was judged before a panel of welding experts.

Established in 2007, the competition offers high school students more than an opportunity to showcase their welding talents. Participants also had the opportunity to enroll in one of MTI’s Welding Programs. MTI’s welding programs provide skills and hands-on training geared to meet the tough demands of today’s employers. The objective is for our students to gain entry-level employment across the country in the manufacturing, construction and maintenance fields. The MTI certifications we issue our graduates maximize employability potential in the welding industry.


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