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PITTSBURGH—Two Community College of Allegheny County students finished first and second place in the 2013 American Welding Society’s Weld-Off competition hosted by the Boilermakers Local Union 154. Benjamin Richey of Greentree and Adam Festa of Cheswick took the top honors, respectively, in the regional competition which every year sees the four best amateur students from schools in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio compete to earn prizes such as trophies, money, welding equipment and an opportunity to apprentice with the union. The awards will be presented at the AWS meeting on October 15.
In CCAC’s 20-year history competing in this event, this is the third time that the college has secured first and second place finishes and the first time the college has taken the top honors in back-to-back years. The competition does not award third place honors.
Both Richey and Festa have the added distinction of being CCAC alumni. Richey earned his Associate of Science degree in Accounting in 2011 and has recently completed coursework for a Certificate degree in Welding Technology. Festa earned his Certificate degree in Welding Technology in 2012 and is currently working toward his associate degree.
About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers noncredit and workforce development courses to nearly 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.