The generosity of several area entities has resulted in the renovation of the welding technology lab at Glen Oaks Community College.
Work is nearing completion on the $350,000 project, with $87,500 coming through donations to fund the cost of 20 new welding booths, complete with vacuum systems.
President David Devier acknowledged Platinum-level sponsors TH Plastics Inc., Morgan Olson and Mike Elliott, a retired St. Joseph County engineer. Each donated at least $20,000.
Sturgis Bank was a Gold-level sponsor, at $10,000. Meanwhile, Silver-level sponsors were Century Bank and Trust, and the Paul H. Casault Senior Center Memorial Fund at Sturgis Area Community Foundation.
Devier said the welding lab work was included as part of the state capital outlay project to renovate the north side of campus. However, the project was postponed due to the pandemic and in doing so, the cost of materials had increased, forcing the college to pull this portion of the project from the state’s scope of work.