Union Pacific Foundation boosts CGCC welding

Welding students at Columbia Gorge Community College’s campus in The Dalles will hone their skills with an expanded array of equipment thanks to a $12,900 contribution from Union Pacific Foundation.

The contribution to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation will be used to purchase additional “stick” welders and more advanced equipment used in alloy welding. There are 10 welding booths in the college’s welding lab, which opened in 2014 as part of the Ft. Dalles Readiness Center; Sherman County provided an initial contribution of $100,000 to launch the welding classes.

Union Pacific Foundation’s investment is through the Foundation’s “Community Ties” grants program focused on workforce development, and will enable the college to increase the number of students receiving basic and advanced welding instruction. Coursework includes manufacturing processes, blueprint reading and CAD design. The Dalles High School instructor Robert Clark teaches the class, which is open to area high school students as well as students enrolled at CGCC.

Union Pacific announced its “Community Ties” program in April 2018, increasing its contributions to $30 million in grants and partnerships. Union Pacific connects 10,000 customers in 23 states across the western United States. Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation supports scholarships, facilities and academic programming at Columbia Gorge Community College under the guidance of a volunteer board. Its mission is “to build dreams, transform lives and cultivate respectful relationships that promote lifelong learning.”