Life. Changing. Times

Life.Changing.Times. IHCC Welding Career Academy Competition


OTTUMWA - On Friday, April 23, 2021, sparks were flying at Indian Hills North Campus during the annual High School Welding Career Academy Competition. 77 students from 4 high school career academies had the opportunity to show their welding skill and knowledge to a panel of judges and instructors from 9:00am to 11:30am.

Each school rotated between a Knowledge exam and a Skills exam. The Knowledge Exam consisted of 10 general welding questions which were graded by the IHCC staff members from High School Programs. The Skills exam included two types of welds, a 70/18 stick and a .045 MIG, that had to be completed within 20min. Those welds were then presented to a panel of judges, hand selected from the industry.  Judges included Bruce Severson from Vermeer Manufacturing, Matt Patterson from Weiler Products, and Paul Buffington from ESAB. Thank you judges for your participation!

A total of eight student awards were given out at the conclusion of the event. First place winners received a $1,000 scholarship, second place winners received a $600 scholarship, third place winners a $20 gift card to IHCC bookstore, and fourth place winners a $10 gift card to IHCC bookstore. Winners names can be seen below.

1st Year High School Students:

  • 1st: Nathen Richardson
  • 2nd: Zach Ross
  • 3rd: Jaxton  Elliot
  • 4th:Jarrett Czerwinski 


2nd Year High School Students:

  • 1st: Alex Dobbins
  • 2nd: Patrick Clarahan
  • 3rd: Kale Bollinger
  • 4th: James Carmen

Finally, a school with the highest average on both Knowledge and Skills exams receives a trophy for the year. The torch passed this year from Cardinal Area Welding Academy to Keokuk County Career Academy. Congratulations to Bob Arendt and his students for a job well done!