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3 Welding Seniors Prepare for Careers

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WCCC Welding rising seniors Matt Trimble, Little Miami, Patrick Kincaid, Waynesville, and Elijah Reece, Franklin, have spent their summer in pre-apprenticeships at a company in Springboro, Accelevation, sharpening their skills and learning new skills to prepare for their careers and senior year at WCCC.

Owners Michael and Shawn Rubiera just moved into their new facility on South Pioneer Blvd. a few months ago, and said they had never worked with a school before. They consolidated three businesses from the Dayton area, and manufacture and sometimes install items for industry, such as parts for Honda, and door frames for a Google facility. They have CNC machining and welding areas in their company.

“It’s been a great experience, and we are very happy with the students and their performance,” Shawn Rubiera said. “We wanted to make this a good learning experience for them, and have had weekly check-ins, and began with an orientation.”

Michael Rubiera added, “And, we gave them real work to do. They jumped right in and wanted to learn, and we are happy to be a part of the learning process.”

Matt Trimble is working in the machine shop side of the operations. He is excited to get experience beyond welding to add to his skill set. He was able to travel to a Google facility recently and install doors he had helped manufacture for their server rooms. “It was nice to see the parts you made put into production,” he said. “I have been farming all my life, and I plan to go to college in Wyoming and study agribusiness. The skills I am learning here will all fit in to my future career.” Matt is going on a college visit soon to Northwest College, and is also interested in attending the University of Wyoming.

Elijah Reece said his pre-apprenticeship at Accelevation has given him more experience with power tools and hand tools, and has helped him learn more about working as a team. He is currently working on a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine drilling holes in door frames. “It seemed complicated at first, and very different from what I was learning in welding,” he said. “But I learned how to operate it, and it will look good on my resume. I want to go straight into the workforce after high school, and I enjoy and appreciate this opportunity to grow my knowledge.”

Patrick Kincaid has been welding parts for Honda vehicles, and through that process has learned a lot about reading and interpreting blueprints, cutting and welding the different material sizes. “I want to go into the workforce after high school in welding and also diesel mechanics,” he said. “It is very nice of Michael to let us learn new things here; advanced skills that we may not have an opportunity to learn in our school lab. I have had a lot of one-on-one instruction here, which has been great.”

WCCC high school Welding Instructor Bob Arkill said he values all partnerships with industry for his students’ benefit. "Any opportunities in the welding industry outside of the classroom give our students an advantage in furthering their education and careers," he said.

WCCC has been expanding opportunities for students through pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships. Area employers interested in knowing more can contact us at [email protected]

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