Academy to host ribbon cutting for welding facility

Ceremony, open house set for March 11

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its new welding facility on March 11.

Mike McMonigal, supervisor for adult and post-secondary education at The Academy, explained to committee members during the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce Business and Education meeting Friday that the ceremony would be held at 4:30 p.m., and would be followed by an open house at The Academy, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The introduction of the welding program has “been a long time coming,” said McMonigal.

The Academy recently hired Gregory Stahl as its adult welding instructor.

“He will be helping us put the final touches on the program. Our goal is to try to have the first class start in May,” McMonigal said.

As a result of a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant, the program will be free for youth for the first two years of the program.

The open house will include demonstrations and face painting, he said.

Rhonda Moore, executive director for the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Chamber’s annual meeting will be held 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 15.

They keynote speaker will be Alan Norton, the workforce development executive for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

“Since workforce has been a hot topic, we thought we would focus on building a culture of employee appreciation and trying to retain the employees our members have so they’re not always retraining,” she said.

Also during the meeting, Cher Harpster chair of the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Committee, also noted a number of upcoming events.

PA CareerLink Mifflin County will host a workshop on medical marijuana and the workplace.

Kathy Strain, education manager for Drug Free Workplace PA will discuss issues like what medical marijuana is, who uses it, how it impacts workers and what is considered when writing policies.

The presentation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. March 5.

The meeting was catered by The Academy’ culinary arts students.


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