Jefferson City students mend a way to give back during the holidays

3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Friday, December 21 2018 Dec 21, 2018 Friday, December 21, 2018 1:31:01 PM CST December 21, 2018 in News
By: Elise Brisco, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Students at the Nichols Career Center in Jefferson City are raising money for local charities through class welding projects during the holiday season. 

High schoolers that participate in the program use welding technology to cut out and weld large metal holiday lawn ornaments that they later sell to community members and businesses in the Jefferson City area. 

This year the students have sold $4,100 worth of their creations which is about $1000 more than they raised their inaugural year of the fundraiser. 

Students said they first got the idea to donate the money after finding out that the Toys for Tots storage center in Fulton was robbed. They wanted to find a way to help their community and this year they decided to do it again. 

"This year has been a great response," Kenny Thomas the instructor at Nichols Career Center said. "Its been a great response, and people are liking them." 

The lawn ornaments consist of intricate patterns and some stand as large as 3 feet tall. Students are able to create these by using Plasma cutter. The plasma cutter uses computer technology where students create a pattern or stencil and program the cutter to create the same patterns in thick sheets of metal.  the  They then take the skills they have learned in class to sand down the metal and weld them into pieces that people can use to decorate for the holidays. 

Thomas said he did not always have this kind of equipment. After an advisory board meeting professionals and business owners in welding and engineering told him that in order to fully prepare students for the real world they would need access to technology like this. 

"I was like 'woo', yeah, I don't know about that." Thomas said. 

Plasma machines cost upward of $28,000 and Thomas knew the welding program did not have the capability to fully fund it. 

After receiving a state-funded enhancement grant, Thomas was able to expand the curriculum to include teaching students how to integrate plasma cutting technology into welding.

"It was a little bit difficult for me, trying to remember the order of how to put it in and how to do it...but after a few weeks, I got it on my own and didn't need much help after that." Jacob Plassmeyer said. 

Plassmeyer is a second year student in the welding program and was just starting the program when the new technology was introduced. He now is responsible for training other younger students in how to properly use the plasma cutter. He has helped work on projects for organizations like Special Olympics Missouri by creating signage for their new training center. 

"I really like doing it because I mean, knowing that I can help out with veterans and other such organizations that we donate to...I like it." Plassmeyer said. 

This year Thomas and his students decided that the money from signs that were bought this year will go to support the Salvation Army in Jefferson City. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A comic convention brought comic fans and beer enthusiasts together for an afternoon of fun Saturday. STL... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:54:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Jay Dix's Challenge to Cure 5K and 10K on Saturday raised around $8,000 for the Ellis Fischel... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:32:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
ELDON - A memorial service was held Saturday evening to honor the life of a Miller County Sheriff's deputy who... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:15:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Police said a man tried to shoot at his girlfriend Saturday afternoon as she attempted to enter the... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:34:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — New census data shows that while Missouri's population rose slightly last year compared to 2017, more... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:12:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Children from the Jefferson City and Columbia area showed off their businesses during the Jefferson City Children's... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 5:17:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation department held its annual "EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt" at Douglass Parks and Indian Hills... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 3:02:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
MOBERLY- The Moberly Police Department arrested a man on Friday afternoon after they received information from the FBI in Omaha,... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:08:00 AM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Fulton man will be in jail for the next 25 years after he pleaded guilty Friday... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:47:00 AM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
GASCONADE COUNTY - The sex of human remains found in the Gasconade River have been identified as male, according to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 8:09:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Sophomore forward Jontay Porter officially declared for the 2019 NBA Draft via Twitter Friday. pic.twitter.com/AHj67OWmqi... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 6:35:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in Sports
ROCHEPORT - Missouri State Parks said a tunnel on the Katy Trail will be closed for at least another month,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 6:32:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — High winds caused two power outages Friday evening that affected more than 1,500 customers, Columbia Water & Light... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 6:23:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri Secretary of State’s office awarded a “Spotlight on Literacy” grant to Daniel Boone Regional Library for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 5:46:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A well-known radio personality in St. Louis is facing sex-related charges. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 4:52:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
FULTON — A building on the Missouri School for the Deaf's campus may become the new location of a county... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 3:44:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County Office of Emergency Management apologized Friday after accidentally sending out numerous severe weather alerts from... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 3:03:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney Stephen Wyse wants Governor Mike Parson to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the relationship and alliance... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 19 2019 Apr 19, 2019 Friday, April 19, 2019 2:39:00 PM CDT April 19, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 54°
3am 53°
4am 52°
5am 51°
6am 51°