Grant Allows Tully Students to Train With Welding Equipment
Students in the Tully Central School District are now benefiting from a $10 thousand dollar grant award; the money has allowed the district to purchase new welding equipment to offer more students a hands-on education.
Students enrolled in career path courses such as agriculture and construction can now move beyond simply working in the fields, planting crops and tending to animals. They can learn about other equally labor-intensive work that is needed to keep the farm running.
With the Monsanto sponsored America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant awarded to the Tully School District earlier this year, students are now learning how to repair tractors and troubleshoot equipment.
Up to 12 students can now practice on the new welding equipment. Derek Hill, an agriculture and technology teacher at Tully Junior-Senior High School says the additional equipment offers more opportunities for direct, hands-on learning. The students are using Arc, MIG and TIG welders, as well as learning how to cut metal with a plasma cutter.