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Nick Gassaway - Canadian Valley Technology Center

Nick Gassaway turns dedication and drive into a business at age 20.
Nick Gassaway - Canadian Valley Technology Center

Nick Gassaway

THEN: A junior at Amber-Pocasset High School with little welding experience yet saw possibilities in the field. The welding program at Canadian Valley Technology Center helped Nick

  • Develop and practice the techniques of welding with shielded metal arc gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc.
  • Compete as a member of Skills USA in district welding contests and be named Student of the Quarter for his welding class.
  • Earn one of the most difficult certifications - 6G state pipe certification, which combines all structural and pipe welding positions.

NOW: Two years after graduating high school, Nick is a self-employed contract welder with two welding trucks. Contracted by large oil companies, Nick works across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.