Congratulations to Marana High School’s outstanding state-of-the-art Welding program and instructor, Kenton Webb!
The award-winning career and technical Welding program at Marana High School is featured in the American Welding Society August 2019 Welding Journal national publication. The Virtual Reality Training in Welding article showcases Welding instructor, Kenton Webb, explaining to students how to use a live welding training tool to fine-tune their welding techniques. The tool provides video game-like guides inside the welding helmet to guide students as they practice. This teaching method appeals to today’s students, who are used to having technology in their hands 24/7 and want to be hands-on and directly involved in the learning process.
“I’ve found that with kids being more tech-savvy and gamer-savvy, I get more buy-in and interest,” said Kenton Webb, welding instructor at Marana High School in Arizona who uses both virtual reality welding simulators and live welding guidance systems in his classroom. “These tools teach them all of the core functions of welding and give them that immediate feedback they’re looking for.”
Marana High School’s Welding and Metal Fabrication is a three-year course, designed to teach the basic skills of metal fabrication welding with the major emphasis on welding to prepare students to pursue careers in metal fabrication. Graduates have gone on to work with companies like Sierra Mining and Crushing, JB Steel, and CAID Industries.
The Welding Journal has been published continually since 1922 delivering news of the welding and metal fabricating industry. The Welding Journal has earned more than 60 editorial and design awards, including multiple Charlie Awards from the Florida Magazine Association (FMA), and Tabbie Awards from the Trade Association Business Publications International (TABPI).