Nebraska School District Unveils $1.2 Million Welding, Fabrication, and Manufacturing Lab

Westside Community Schools in Omaha, Neb., unveiled a state-of-the-art welding, fabrication, and manufacturing lab at Westside High School last Thursday in partnership with the Westside Foundation. The 2,500-sq.-ft facility was funded by donors and the Nebraska Department of Labor. Students will use the space for trades instruction in conjunction with a program of mentorships, apprenticeships, and hands-on experience through partnerships with local companies. 

"Industries nationwide are in dire need of qualified, talented trades workers," said Tyler Owen, a 1990 Westside High graduate and CEO of Owen Industries, an AISC certified member fabricator. "This facility will provide top instruction and opportunity for our future workforce. We are investing in a new generation of engineers, welders and industry experts who we hope join our Nebraska- and Iowa-based companies and economy."

Learn more about Westside High School’s new lab here