- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

CUT OFF, La. (AP) - Welding students at Central and South Lafourche high schools are benefiting from new equipment made possible through a $10,000 grant.

The Daily Comet reported (http://bit.ly/1qWVRYl) the money was made available by the Bayou Community Foundation and was used to buy band saws for using in the welding curriculum.

“We were trying to increase student skills in career courses,” said Shannon Lafont, who wrote the grant for the Lafourche School Board.

The new equipment is the same type currently used in industry, she said.


The saws allow students to perform vertical and horizontal cuts on steel, a task they can expect to face once they take jobs in industry.

“Students have learned saw safety and how to operate it,” Central Lafourche High welding teacher Jody Dufrene says teaching the safe use of the equipment is a top priority.

The saws have significantly decreased the time it takes to make cuts, according to Denise Billiot, a South Lafourche High welding instructor.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com