January 2018 - April 2018

  • Cohort: 11

  • Duration: January 2018 - April 2018

  • Number of Graduates: 13

  • Final Integrated Project: Gabion Baskets & Custom Metal Benches

Students completed a 15 week course of study with intense hands on training. The class participated in an integration project to test their skills and competencies in welding and fabricating. Cohort 11’s integration project, which was a result of a partnership with the Lewiston, Michigan DDA, was to craft gabion baskets and custom made metal park benches for a main street beautification project. Students, under the guidance of IAI Certified Welding Educators (CWE), fabricated the projects out of mild steel and steel mesh.  The design and engineering of the baskets were administered at Moran Iron Works (MIW). The finished project provided the Village of Lewiston with 2 baskets and 12 benches. The project was spearheaded by Shawn Huston, Lewiston DDA Member and Lewiston business owner.

“Working with the teams at MIW and IAI has been amazing.  To have a business, school, and our community working with one another for the benefit of our local beautification program, creates great value for us and all of Northern Michigan”, states Shawn.

“Integrated projects provide our students with the opportunity to use the skills they are taught at IAI. Students will utilize critical thinking skills, work in teams, read blueprints, fabricate, machine and weld the projects together.” states Mark Dombroski, Executive Director of IAI.

Keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, addressed Cohort 11 with a video message.