May 1, 2010 11:17 PM by Danielle Lerner
Eighty students from across California took over Cuesta College Saturday for the state high school FFA Ag Welding Finals.
Even though $10,000 worth of equipment and prizes were on the line, but organizers say the event is not just about winning.
Eighteen teams showcased their skills in four different categories Saturday, and some finalists say just doing the work is a success.
"Just the fact that you can actually build something and have it come out to what you want to look like, you can be proud of stuff you build and it gives you like a feeling of accomplishment," said Michael Speer, a finalist.
In a much quieter room, the high schoolers also took written tests, filled out job applications and submitted resume packages.
"This contest is truly a career development event whereby they're having to prep and display themselves as if they were marketing themselves out in industry," said Rob Thoresen, a welding instructor at Cuesta College.
A statewide competition right here on the Central Coast.
All to prepare these competitors for life beyond the classroom.
"Hopefully become some type of tig, aluminum or stainless steel welder," said Speer.
This is the event's fourth year.
Organizers hope to eventually go national.
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