Wheels of Learning gets spin from

AWS National Skills Standards

MIAMI -- August 29, 1997 -- AWS and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) have entered into a partnering agreement to offer 18 Wheels of Learning welding training modules in a special AWS bundle. The bundle represents those NCCER modules that have been synchronized with AWS' Entry Level, Advanced and Expert Levels national skills standards through compared competencies.

AWS Director of Education, Robert Reeve, is quick to point out that the 18 Wheels of Learning welding training modules comprising the special AWS bundle are applicable for all industries. "These modules were written by welding instructors. They are approximately 40-80 pages in length, heavily illustrated, and through step-by-step projects, very lucid text, and tests and quizzes, lend themselves to training for almost all applications of welding."

An AWS/NCCER Task Group headed by chairman Thom Watson (CWI) of BE&K Construction Co., Birmingham, Ala., carefully performed a detailed comparison recently of the two sets of materials. Members of the Joint Task Group included B. McCool, Kentucky Tech, Mayo Campus, James Ivy, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., and Dave Wilkenson, director of Training, NCCER, Gainesville, Fla. In addition to the detailed comparison, the Task Group exchanged information about the original development and recommended

deployment of Wheels of Learning materials vis-à-vis AWS' national welding skills standards and their deployment through S.E.N.S.E. - Schools Excelling through National Skills Education. S.E.N.S.E. has been adopted by Oklahoma, Kentucky, Florida, New Jersey, Mississippi, Missouri, South Dakota, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, and Iowa and there are currently over 300 S.E.N.S.E. participating organizations nationwide.

NCCER, a nonprofit education foundation, was created to provide the training, safety and management education that the construction and maintenance industries need to compete on a national and international level. Wheels of Learning is a federally approved, nationally recognized program in use throughout the construction and maintenance industries as well as in many high schools and college-level programs. Over 100 school districts are using Wheels of Learning in their school-to-work programs as well.

Through this partnering agreement, welders trained through the AWS bundle of Wheels of Learning are eligible to apply for AWS certification.

For information on the AWS bundle of Wheels of Learning, contact NCCER, at (352) 334-0911, or write to PO Box 141104, Gainesville, FL 32614-1104. For information on S.E.N.S.E., contact Robert Reeve at (800) 443-9353, ext. 219.

The American Welding Society is the largest organization in the world dedicated to advancing the science, technology and application of welding. AWS now serves over 47,000 members nationally and internationally and is headquartered in Miami, Fla. AWS will hold its next Annual Convention and International Welding and Fabricating Exposition April 28-30, 1998 in Detroit.