Students in the Welding program at Glen Oaks Community College are now learning welding techniques on a new welding simulator thanks to the generosity of a $20,000 donation from Morgan Olson LLC.

Through the use of the simulator, students virtually train with different types of welding on a computer screen before applying hands-on training in the Welding lab.

“We are very appreciative of this donation from Morgan Olson,” said Alyse Gordon, Glen Oaks welding instructor. “Training on different welding techniques requires a great amount of time and patience, not to mention the cost of materials. The simulator provides students the ability to train on welds from different angles and the simulation experience is also much safer. Through virtual learning, we expect to reduce training costs in both time and materials as students train on the simulator prior to real hands-on welding applications in class.”

“We are very supportive of Glen Oaks,” said Morgan Olson’s President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Ownbey. “We are pleased to be able to provide the simulator to enhance student training and add value to the Welding program.”

The $19,500 simulator was purchased from Praxair Welding Gas and Supply Center and now serves 18 students currently enrolled in the St. Joseph County Career and Technical Education program and 16 students enrolled in the Glen Oaks Welding program.