HANOVER, N.H. — Hypertherm Inc. announced the recipients of its 2015 Spark Something Great educational grant program. The winners represent nearly a dozen high schools, vocational schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities from throughout North America. Each school will receive a Hypertherm Powermax45 plasma cutting and gouging system, Hypertherm’s AWS SENSE-approved “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” curriculum kit, and in-person training from a Hypertherm industrial cutting expert.

“Choosing among the many worthy programs was really quite challenging based on the dozens of grant applications we received. There are clearly a lot of very good welding programs out there, and, unfortunately, at the same time, a lot in need,” said Betsy Van Duyne, manager, Hypertherm’s educational program. “We’re thrilled to help some of these schools improve the ratio of students to cutting systems, and, at the same time, provide students with an opportunity to learn to cut and gouge on a modern plasma system.”

The 2015 Spark Something Great grant recipients include the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; Calhoun High School, Port Lavaca, Texas; Westosha Central High School, Salem, Wisconsin; Jones County Junior College Greene County Center, Leakesville, Mississippi; Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, North Carolina; Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; South Plains College, Levelland, Texas; Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Knoxville, Tennessee; Trades Training Initiative, Peace River, Alberta; and Western Technical College, El Paso, Texas.

Publication date: 8/31/2015

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