As a student practices welding, brilliant white light reflects from his mask.


Innovations/Welding Integration in Northeast Kentucky

  • Ashland Community and Technical College
  • Greenup Career and Technical School
  • Russell Area Technology Center

iWINK is an exciting Carl Perkins Reserve grant project awarded to the three-member group for academic year 2010-2011.

Our Team Members

  • Business and Industry
  • Pipefitters Local 248 
  • KY Labor Cabinet representatives 
  • TENCO Workforce Board 
  • Russell and Greenup Area Technology Center faculty and administration 
  • ACTC Faculty, Staff, and administration 
  • Students and Alumni

Project Aims

  • Expand CCTI Welding Career Pathway (include 7th and 8th grades) integrating math and welding. 
  • Develop contextually integrated iWINK teams from all educational levels and business/industry. 
  • Develop engaging career guidance materials for iWINK for use with students, parents and community.


  • Multimedia approach to career information
    • school visits by Welding faculty with Virtual Sim-Welder
    • project created DVD
    • Twitter
    • iWINK Website
    • podcasts
  • Professional Development of all partners
    • attendance at industry conferences
    • attendance at educational conferences
    • local PD sessions
  • Presentation of project work at meetings and conferences 
  • Tracking of students from grade 7, based on results of interest inventories. 
  • Contextual math lesson plans for 7th/8th grade

Expected Outcomes 

  • Academic and technical educators will possess greater understanding of the connection between foundational academics and technical programs in general and welding in specific. 
  • Better curricular alignment to place students on a more directed path beginning in middle school.