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PRINGLE — John Gill, president of the West Side Career and Technology Center’s Joint Operating Committee, announced on Monday night the intent of the committee to consider adding a welding program to the center’s curriculum.

“It would be a welcome addition to our present programs,” said Gill, “but in the current economy, we will need to, of course, consider cost.”

A special meeting will be held 1 p.m. March 6 to further discuss the feasibility of adding the program.

In another matter, Nicole Kmetz, adviser to the Future Business Leaders of America lauded 13 students who have qualified to attend the FBLA State Conference in Hershey this April.

Kmetz said the club will be hosting various fundraisers to make the trip possible.

The committee also presented a video prepared by audio-visual students, highlighting the center’s involvement in assisting the Lands at Hillside Farms in renovating structures on its property.

A $10,000 grant from Lowe’s made it possible for students to assist in saving historic structures and making greenhouses more functional.

Bill Harrison, carpentry instructor, said the project allowed students to “get real-life training” in their area of study.

Frank Vandermark, Skills USA adviser, said the project provided opportunity for students to get experience in the areas of electricity, masonry, and carpentry.

“The center provides its students with a great opportunity for hands-on learning and for success in the long term,” said committee member Karen Kyle.

The next regular meeting of the committee will take place on March 25 at 6:30 pm.

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