Outstanding student changes seats in the college classroom

March 25, 2014 -

Hundreds of aspiring high school welders from area vocational-technical schools filled the Gallery on PTC’s campus for the American Welding Society Pittsburgh Chapter awards banquet on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Keynote speaker Mickey Holmes, manager of sports marketing for The Lincoln Electric Company, shared stories about his travels on the NASCAR, Indy Car, and IHRA circuits to promote his company’s welding equipment.  Holmes even visits the PBR circuit – Professional Bull Riders.

A highlight of the event was the special announcement of Jacque King as PTC’s Outstanding Student Award for the Welding Technology program.

Originally Jacque through he would satisfy his lifelong fascination with welding and simply add it to his list of accomplishments.  He took that step October 2013 when he started PTC’s Welding Technology program.

Jacque is familiar with the classroom environment; he spent several years teaching at the postsecondary level for a small, liberal arts college located in northwestern Pennsylvania before leaving to follow his dream.

He credits PTC’s knowledgeable, caring instructors and says their “encouragement motivates students to do their very best all day, every day, in every way.”  Jacque says, “I have met nothing but excellent instructors at PTC and I am overwhelmed by the outstanding educational opportunities PTC instructors offer each student entrusted in their care.”

“I can’t wait to get to school each day to learn something new from men who have paid their dues and are now giving us the benefit of their experience,” he explains.

Jacque would like to continue his welding education by pursuing an associate degree and take the steps necessary to become a Weld Inspector.

John Foley (left) and Jacque King (right)



Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical College (formerly Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI)) offers degree and certificate programs in more than 30 areas. Its 180-acre campus is home to the American Academy of Culinary Arts, the Energy Technology Center, the Nursing Simulation Center, and many hands-on specialty labs. PTC students can take advantage of online course offerings, on-campus residence halls, student activities, intramural programs and community service programs. PTC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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