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Midwest Technical Institute Presents Donation to Nixa High School Welding Department


Springfield, MO-Midwest Technical Institute presented a $1,000 check donation and plaque to Nixa High School in Nixa, MO on May 7, 2019 following the annual Midwest Technical Institute and Delta Technical College Regional High School Welding Competition. The $1,000 donation is to support the high school’s Industrial Technology Department.

The plaque and check were presented during Senior Awards on May 7, 2019 to Principal McGehee on behalf of Kelly Fields, Welding Instructor at Nixa High School, and to the winner of the Missouri Region of the competition, Krew Schmitt. The check and plaque were presented by Marti Bane, High School Representative from MTI’s Springfield, MO campus.

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.

In the senior division, first place was awarded to Krew Schmitt of Nixa High School, who won a $10,000 MTI scholarship. Finishing in second place was Garrett Brooks of Nevada Regional Technical Center, who was awarded a $5,000 MTI scholarship. Howard Hart of Nevada Regional Technical Center finished in third place, winning a $2,500 MTI scholarship.

In the junior division, first place was awarded to Jackson Dinger of Franklin Technology Center who won a $2,000 MTI scholarship. James Finegan of Franklin Technology Center finished second in the junior division and was awarded a $1,000 MTI scholarship.

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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