MOBILE, Alabama — Williamson High School now has a key component for its new signature academy: A welding trailer, which arrived on campus Monday.
Last January, Mobile County school officials announced that Williamson would receive a $555,000 grant to start a welding program and a culinary program as part of the school’s Maritime, Engineering and Entrepreneurships signature academy, which opened this fall.
The grant came from the state Legislature’s 21st Century Workforce Act in 2012, a $50 million initiative to provide funds for school systems to update career and technical education classroom technology and equipment.
Williamson’s new trailer has 14 welding training booths, and classes will begin in January, according to schools Superintendent Martha Peek.
School officials, students and guests toured the trailer after a welcoming ceremony on Monday morning.
The school’s business partners include Alabama Power, Austal, PNC Bank and the University of South Alabama’s Small Business Development Center, and courses will cover all aspects of the maritime industry, including engineering, architecture, welding and engine repair.
December 16, 2014