Ida High School welding program students with their projects

Monroe Environmental Donates Steel to Benefit Local Students

Dated June 13, 2018

Monroe, MI – Students in the welding program at Ida High School are putting donated steel to good use. Monroe Environmental has donated an estimated 1,000 lbs. of steel for students to practice welding, plasma cutting, and other class assignments.

The students are also able to use the steel for their personal projects. Some of these projects are entered in the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education Society (MITES) Student Project Competition. The top winners in each category go on to compete at the state level. Monroe Environmental employee and master fabricator Chad Bitz volunteers for Ida’s program and serves as a judge for the competition.

David Morelli, Ida High School’s Welding Instructor, recently shared photos of some of the accomplishments of his students. Mr. Morelli recently wrote a thank you letter to Monroe Environmental stating, “Without your generosity, we would not be able to do many of these class activities or projects. Your donation goes a long way in helping me provide a better learning experience for my students.”

Monroe Environmental regularly supports manufacturing trades such as welding and fabrication in Monroe county. In addition to providing steel to Ida High School, they have partnered with Monroe County Community College (MCCC) to provide apprenticeships for the welding program, and have even hired graduates for full time employment. Monroe Environmental General Manager Rob Cardella states, “It’s always nice to be able to support the community. We strive to be not only a good employer, but also a positive influence for trades, students, and our local economy.”

Ida High School welding program students with their projects