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Kawasaki donates boots to TCA welding students

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Students try on their new boots.
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One of 32 new pairs of boots.
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Journey Woodson laces up her new boots.

More than 30 welding students in the Career Academy received a special treat during class, brand new steel-toed, waterproof work boots retailing at around $100.

“I think it’s cool that Kawasaki would do this for people like us,” said Marcus Kastanek, a junior from Southeast High School in the welding pathway at the Career Academy.

Kawasaki Motors in Lincoln has donated boots to the welding students at the Career Academy for the past five years.

“Kids need protective toes and boots that are electrically safe, so we thought it would be a good way to support them,” said Kevin Mattran, the Workplace Learning and Performance Specialist at Kawasaki in Lincoln. “When they graduate and go into the workforce, they will need some steel-toed boots.”

Mattran said there is a great need for experienced welders in the workforce. At Kawasaki alone, there are around 50 open welding positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for welders is expected to grow by 26 percent by 2020.

“It’s hard for us to keep up with the fabrication needs,” Mattran said. “Welding is an area with the greatest need in the workforce.”

Welding is one of 16 different pathways in the Career Academy, a joint venture between Southeast Community College and Lincoln Public Schools. The goal is to provide academic and real world experiences to high school juniors and seniors through high school and dual credit courses.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
agallagher@southeast.edu