Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way East welding students visit ArcelorMittal Steel Mill
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, seventeen SkillsUSA and Welding Occupations Students from Lincoln-Way Central and East attended a Field Trip to ArcelorMittal Steel Mill in Riverdale, Illinois. While there, the students learned about how steel is produced and learned about the Steelworker of the Future Program. SkillsUSA is a career and technical education student club that connects students with career success.

Welding Instructor Daymon Gast, says, “The steel industry is an excellent opportunity for our young, industrious students to find a rewarding, well-paying career. Like many of the trades, companies are struggling with finding replacements for their retiring baby boomers. Programs like Steelworker of the Future are being created to help get the word out that these jobs are available and in high demand.”

Gast has been employed with the District since 2003 and currently teaches Welding and Construction courses to students at Central and East.

Student members who attended from Lincoln-Way Central were Jennifer Goich, Codey Underwood, Kevin Fox, Matthew Piltaver, Noah Genens, Stephen Kerins, Bobby Caddigan, MacKay Doran, William Lester, Richard Schneider and Ashley Goich.

Student members who attended from Lincoln-Way East were Michael DeBruyn, Mark Gardner, Eion Hurley, Terrin Rackouski and Jason Demma.

“My students greatly appreciated the trip,” says Gast. “Several told me that they had no idea this sort of opportunity was out there for them.”

The Steelworker of the Future program partners with local area colleges to prepare students for an ArcelorMittal craft program for a career in the steel manufacturing industry. Upon graduation, students will have earned a two-year associates degree and have a major advantage in applying for a well-paying career.