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MCC partners with M Gervich & Sons on welding project

Gervich & Sons

Michal Fosdick, Gervich shop manager, Chris Russell (MCC), Doug Gervich, Linda Ozbun, John Patterson (MCC)

Marshalltown Community College welding instructor John Patterson envisioned a way to help students prepare for the welding career field while at the same time showcasing and benefitting local businesses. His goal was to conduct a welding fabrication class that would not only teach students how to weld but also how to build projects correctly. Patterson hoped that the instruction would result in opportunities for students to receive better pay entering the working field.

After contacting several local businesses about donating steel to get the fabrication class started, M. Gervich & Sons in Marshalltown was happy to donate all of the steel needed for the class. Within two days of receiving the material list from Patterson, M. Gervich & Sons delivered everything that was needed.

Iowa Valley Continuing Education partnered with Patterson to make the class available to the public.

“I decided the class would make a bench to sit outside the M. Gervich & Sons company headquarters,” explains Patterson. “Our goal is to make the local community aware of how supportive M. Gervich & Sons has been, and what Iowa Valley Continuing Education and its students are capable of producing and willing to give back in thanks.”

After coming up with blueprints for the bench, Patterson worked with Al Parks, MCC Machine Trades instructor, who assisted with the project. The IVCE fabrication students cut and tack-welded the bench together and Patterson completed it. The bench was made from the Gervich donated steel as well as recycled plastic lumber purchased at Menards.

“I really want to thank Doug Gervich and his company for supporting the new class,” says Patterson, who presented the bench to M. Gervich & Sons earlier this week. “I know it was a great experience for our students, and I hope M. Gervich & Sons is also pleased with the outcome.”

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