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150 Boy Scouts Descend Upon Ohio Technical College for Welding Merit Badge Training

Ohio Technical College and Lincoln Electric team up with Boy Scouts of America to promote badge and career exploration; providing equipment, facilities and expertise to future leaders

CLEVELAND, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ohio Technical College and Lincoln Electric have teamed with the Boy Scouts of America in Northern Ohio to help Scouts earn the Welding Merit Badge. More than 150 Scouts had the opportunity to explore welding related career paths from automotive, collision, restoration, diesel and generator.

Boy Scouts show off what they learned at Ohio Technical College to earn their Welding Merit badges.

As part of this exciting, new partnership, Scouts underwent hands-on welding training at Ohio Technical College's Cleveland Campus, 1374 E 51st Street, Cleveland, on Monday, April 21st and Thursday, April 24th.

"It's a great thing for the OTC welding department to be a part of the Boy Scouts of America Welding Merit Badge," said Mike Wyland, Ohio Technical College's Director of Welding. "It showed the scouts what a great career welding is. I'm also excited we showed how important team work is in anything they do in life. It's a great way to show our younger generation about the future opportunities they have in front of them. The Welding staff is also very excited about the great partnership between The Boy Scouts and Lincoln Electric."

The Boy Scouts created the Welding Merit Badge, which debuted in February 2012, in close collaboration with the American Welding Society and industrial partners. To earn the badge, scouts must learn welding safety requirements, demonstrate first aid procedures that may be needed in the welding environment, demonstrate proficiency in skill sets related to the welding of joints, and learn about careers in various industries that employ welding skills.

"The support of Ohio Technical College and Lincoln Electric for this event has been overwhelming," said Steven Mazur, Boy Scouts of America Troop Leader. "The Boy Scouts earn many merit badges that will change their lives forever and this is one of them.  It's the hottest new Merit Badge in years."

About Ohio Technical College
Ohio Technical College (www.ohiotech.edu), is an accredited, private, post-secondary college in Cleveland. OTC offers a wide array of technician training programs in automotive, motorcycle, diesel equipment, collision repair and refinishing, classic car restoration, high performance and racing, alternative fuel vehicles, power generator systems, and BMW. Founded in 1969, OTC is a career college rich in tradition, strong in performance and dedicated to education for employment's sake.

For Media Inquiries contact:
Matt Gunn – Marketing Director, Ohio Technical College
mgunn@ohiotech.edu 

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