ONTARIO—The Poverty to Prosperity Career Technical Education welding program has received a big boost, in the form of a $20,000 grant for the purchase of additional equipment.

The grant came from the Fred W. Fields fund and the Ward Family fund, both of which are part of the Oregon Community Foundation. It was given to the TVCC Foundation.

According to the announcement made Monday, the funds will purchase welding units for the program, which is serving students from Ontario, Vale and Nyssa. Besides the three school districts, the Malheur Education Service District, Treasure Valley Community College and local business and industry representatives are working to build career technical education programs in Malheur County.

This is the second year of the welding program, with second-year students taking classes on the TVCC campus and first-year welding students located at Ontario High School.

An allied health program started this fall, with classes taught in the respective schools.

“This large grant is a big boost for the CTE welding program,” Cathy Yasuda, the foundation’s executive director, said.

“Through the generosity of Oregon Community Foundation, we will be able to purchase much-needed welding units for the students in the program. We are extremely grateful to the Oregon Community Foundation for this level of support.”

The foundation works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they are about, Yasuda said.

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