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Sep 12
Welding students help restore Veteran grave markers


First-year students at McCook Community College recently completed a community-service project where they helped restore Veteran grave-side markers.

Instructor Mike Harris said he requires first-year students to do a community-service project. When Tom Stritt, Red Willow and Furnas County Veteran's Service Officer contacted him, MCC students were excited.

Some markers were simply cleaned up, some required welding markers to the stakes, and some were major fixes.

In addition to doing this locally, Harris is encouraging students to go back to their home towns, make contact with Veteran organizations and take the lead in putting their welding skills to work in restoration projects like this.

There were 10 first-year students who were involved in this project over the past year. Nine more will continue the work this year.

Some of the students involved in the restorations in the past year included (photo from left): Logan Jankovits, Sean Anderson, Brady Wonderly, Veteran Service Officer Tom Stritt, and Tyler Masada.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​