Hypertherm Awards 2015 Spark Something Great Educational Grants to Nearly a Dozen North American Schools

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Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, today announced the recipients of its 2015 Spark Something Great educational grant program.

Hypertherm is expanding support of vocational training with its Spark Something Great educational grant program. A Powermax45 is among the items schools will receive.

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 of need.

Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, today 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 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 of need,” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “We are 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 are as follows:

1.    British Columbia Institute of Technology - Burnaby, British Columbia
2.    Calhoun High School - Port Lavaca, Texas
3.    Westosha Central High School - Salem, Wisconsin
4.    Jones County Junior College Greene County Center - Leakesville, Mississippi
5.    Guilford Technical Community College - Jamestown, North Carolina
6.    Iowa State University - Ames, Iowa
7.    South Plains College - Levelland, Texas
8.    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville, Tennessee
9.    Trades Training Initiative - Peace River, Alberta
10.    Western Technical College - El Paso, Texas

Hypertherm designs and manufactures advanced cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses. The New Hampshire based company’s reputation for cutting innovation dates back nearly 50 years to 1968, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. The 100 percent associate owned company, consistently named a best place to work, has more than 1,400 associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide. Learn more at http://www.hypertherm.com.

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