Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville Establishes AWS Student Chapter

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Summary: Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville has announced a new student chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS) hosted on campus.

 In December, Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville started a new student chapter of the American Welding Society (AWS). This chapter consists of students and staff who are current members of AWS. Students who attend the welding programs at TWS are automatically enrolled in a one-year membership to AWS.

 AWS is partnering with TWS by providing the charter, certified membership, a set of AWS manuals, and funding to open a nonprofit bank account. Part of the activities planned includes field trips, philanthropic activities, and fundraising initiatives. According to Academic Dean, Dion Thornhill, “this is an excellent opportunity for us to become more involved in the community, attract students, and attract industry professionals from around the United States. We are now associated with an elite group of over 49,000 welding professionals operating out of 170 districts and sections worldwide.” As chapter members, students are eligible to receive scholarships, can hold leadership positions, and are given the opportunity to network with the AWS community of industry professionals nationwide. Initially, board members will be TWS faculty and staff, but as the chapter grows the positions will be assumed by TWS students.

 Initial board members:

Jack Dulls, Director of Welding Training – Chairman

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Andric Rasher, Instructor – Vice Chairman

Sean Lawler, Instructor – Secretary

Mike Merrilees, Instructor – Treasurer

Zack Verts, Instructor – Membership Chairman

Freddie Westbrook, Instructor – Publicity Chairman

Dion Thornhill, Academic Dean – Chapter Advisor

 Tulsa Welding School was founded in 1949 to train skilled tradesmen in welding. Over the decades, TWS has expanded its program offerings and has opened campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Houston, Texas. The Jacksonville campus trains students in welding, HVAC/R, solar, and electrical skills.

 For more information, please contact:

Dion Thornhill

Academic Dean

(904) 646-9353

[email protected]


Accredited School, ACCSC. TWS-Jacksonville located at 1750 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 is recognized by ACCSC as a satellite location of TWS-Jacksonville located at 3500 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216, which is a branch campus of Tulsa Welding School, located at 2545 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74104. Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2331, and by the Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C-668. This institution is regulated by: State Workforce Innovation Council, Office for Career and Technical Schools, 10 N. Senate Ave., Room SE 304, Indianapolis, IN 46204; [email protected]; 317-234-8338 or 317-232-1732. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete our programs, and other important information, please visit our website at: https://www.tws.edu/student-resources/regulatory-information/.