Great Plains College students weld metal art for can’t miss-auction

Great Plains College

Great Plains College’s unique metal-art auction showcases student art achievements.

as profiled in Maclean’s:

“Chad Hittel, 21, has to step up his A game.

Since he graduated in 2014 from the pre-employment welding certificate program at Great Plains College (GPC), Hittel always donates a piece of metal art to the program’s annual fundraising auction. In the past, he has crafted a park bench out of a truck tailgate and made a Team Canada coffee table.

But Hittel says the students, who design and build their own pieces for the event, keep getting better. “They’re ramping up the calibre this year, so I’ve gotta keep up with those guys.”

Great Plains’ annual Carhartts & Caviar auction began four years ago under the eye of welding instructor Jared McKenzie, who has taught at GPC since 2008. Initially, the welding showcase was designed to raise money for new equipment for the 12-student program, but has since become a can’t-miss community affair in Swift Current, Sask., which has a population of about 15,000.”

Read more about Great Plains College’s fundraising auction in Maclean’s here.