MAMC machinist, welding students honored for achievements

Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) career skills students earned nearly 150 degrees and certifications during the spring term that ended in May. Students were recognized for their individual achievements May 1 during a luncheon sponsored by Special Metals of Huntington.

MAMC partners with Mountwest Community and Technical College to offer programs in Machinist Technology/CNC, and Welding Technology in Huntington and – new this fall – SMART* (enhanced industrial maintenance technology) in Huntington and Point Pleasant. In addition, MAMC will expand its machinist program to South Charleston beginning in August in partnership with BridgeValley Community and Technical College*.

Students can earn industry credentials, a one-year certificate degree and a two-year associate of applied science degree in their chosen fields.

Machinist Technology/CNC
Graduates earning associate degrees this month were Walter “Evan” Jarvis of Milton; Ty Mullins of Catlettsburg, Ky.; and Jarrett Wilson of Huntington. Jarvis is employed by Hercules International of Huntington while Wilson is employed by HG Medical, also of Huntington. Mullins plans to continue his education by pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree at Marshall University.

Those earning two-year certificates were Shannon Jordan of Huntington; Jenson Oesterreicher of Chesapeake, Ohio; and Joshua Saul of Charleston, who is employed at Industrial Bolting Technologies of Charleston. Devin Null of Hurricane earned his one-year certificate.

In addition, the machinist graduates and students earned 93 industry-recognized credentials this spring from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Welding Technology
Brooklyn Bowen of Hurricane earned her associate degree in Welding Technology. Earning two-year welding certificates were Brittany Carter of Huntington (who is employed by Huntington Steel), Trenity Carter of Huntington and Q’Aliyah Turner of Charleston. Kelvy Varney of Glenwood earned his two-year certificate.

Students earning one-year welding certificates were Miranda Allen of Huntington; Dustin Blankenship of Barboursville; Jonathan Carroll of Lavalette (employed by McGinnis Inc. of South Point, Ohio); Shane Cornell of Huntington; Logan McFann of Huntington; Toni Merritt of Branchland; Charley Moyer of Kenova; David Mull of Proctorville, Ohio; Scott Murray of Kenova; Kaelan Schore of Huntington; Cainin Varney of Glenwood; Dean Wade of Proctorville, Ohio; and Wyatt Wooten of Ona.

MAMC welding students and graduates also earned 29 industry certifications this semester.

“For more than 20 years, MAMC has been preparing students for good-paying manufacturing jobs in our region while helping meet industry workforce demands,” said MAMC Director Derek Scarbro. “We’re expanding our programming to meet a local growing demand for machinists, welders and industrial maintenance technicians.”

More than 90 percent of MAMC graduates secure employment in their chosen fields, and many find jobs before they graduate, according to Scarbro. Because the MAMC career skills programs are covered by the West Virginia Invests grant program, most state residents are able to graduate debt-free.

To learn more about any of the MAMC career skills programs, visit

The SMART (Systems Maintenance, Automation and Robotics Technology) program in Huntington and Point Pleasant and the Machinist Technology/CNC program in South Charleston are pending final approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

May 29, 2024






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