The winners represent nearly a dozen high schools, vocational schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities from throughout North America.

Each will receive a Hypertherm Powermax45 plasma cutting and gouging system, Hypertherm’s AWS SENSE approved “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” curriculum kit, and in-person training from a Hypertherm industrial cutting expert.

“Choosing among the many worthy programs was really quite challenging based on the dozens of grant applications we received. There are clearly a lot of very good welding programs out there, and unfortunately, at the same time a lot of need.” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “We are thrilled to help some of these schools improve the ratio of students to cutting systems, and at the same time, provide students with an opportunity to learn to cut and gouge on a modern plasma system.”

The 2015 Spark Something Great grant recipients are as follows:

  1. British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC
  2. Calhoun High School, Port Lavaca, TX
  3. Westosha Central High School, Salem, WI
  4. Jones County Junior College Greene County Center, Leakesville, MS
  5. Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, NC
  6. Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  7. South Plains College, Levelland, TX
  8. Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Knoxville, TN
  9. Trades Training Initiative, Peace River, AB
  10. Western Technical College, El Paso, TX