As I was putting together this issue's Shop Stories featuring Tim Baber of College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, Calif., one word from our conversation stuck out in my mind: Champion.
is most certainly a champion.
It wouldn't surprise me a bit if his
name were synonymous with welding and College of the Canyons
in that area by those in the know.
For the last 12 years he
has worked very hard to keep the program on the cutting edge of technology and relevant to the needs of area industry.
developed a robotics program and a laser welding program back-to-back.
chased grant money and familiarized himself with the grant application process.
worked tirelessly to find quality part-time instructors who care as much about teaching (or more) as they do their own careers and he's
held their feet to the fire to make sure they master the art of teaching.
joined the efforts Weld-ED not for his
own personal gain but to help advance the resources available to welding instructors around the nation.
more than just a guy who's interested only in picking up a pay check.
He is a militant advocate and/or defender.
Besides Baber, you'll read about Stephanie Dwyer, a metal artist from Jackson, Miss., who overcame difficult life situations to live life by her own set of rules.