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FELLING TRAILERS PARTNERS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS TO SPARK INTEREST IN MANUFACTURING In 2011, when Ben Myhre was hired for a welding position at Felling Trailers. He never imagined, 6-1/2 years later, he would be teaching a weld training course to classrooms of fellow employees and high school students. of them had any formal training on welding. They all were super eager to learn. The high school kids came in with a much higher technical knowledge base with most them having previously completed welding courses in school,” said Myhre. In 2016, Myhre was approached by Felling Trailers Ownership and asked to take part in the creation of the company’s Weld Training Center. Myhre worked with Jake Fisher; an Industrial Technology teacher at Sauk Centre High School to create a structured curriculum for high school students based off Felling Trailers’ welding curriculum. “Manufacturing skills are vital to our success. We wanted to see what we could do to help students see and experience the opportunities in their backyard,” said Brenda Jennissen, CEO of Felling Trailers. “Our mission for this program is to provide high school students and employees with the skills and tools needed to succeed in our growing manufacturing business through career experiences that are both hands on and real world.” “I had a great mix of students in the first run. All the students had some welding experience, and some had more than others. One thing is for certain: none With the first year of Felling Trailers’ Weld Training Program in the books and a great success, the spark remains strong. 24 More trailer news on page 26 NATDA Magazine www.natda.org