Iowa Central Instructor wins top Welding Instructor Award from American Welding Society

by Iowa Central Information
Posted on 11/30/2016


The American Welding Society (AWS) awarded Branden Otto the “Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Membership Award”. This award is sponsored by the family and friends of the Howard E. Adkins and recognizes instructors for their outstanding teaching accomplishments at the High School, Trade School, Technical School, and Community College levels.

AWS was founded in 1919 with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes and strives to move the industry forward in both thought and action, as well as inspire new generations to see the exciting career opportunities available today.

David L. McQuaid, 2016 President of the American Welding Society said “I am personally very proud of Branden for being selected as the recipient of the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Membership Award for 2016.  This national award is given as a means of recognizing high school, trade school, technical institute, or community college instructors whose teaching activities are considered to have advanced the knowledge of welding to students in their respective schools.  Branden has done an outstanding job in preparing his students at both the North Central Career Academy in Eagle Grove, Iowa and Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa for careers in the welding field.”

McQaid added “The need for welders and welding professionals is huge.  We will need 374,000 new and replacement welding professionals by 2024.  Professionals encompass all welding industry professions including welders, inspectors, engineers, and educators, just to list a few.  The knowledge and skills that the students are learning at North Central Career Academy and Iowa Central Community College will provide them the foundation for one of these great careers in the welding profession.”

Branden attended the award ceremony with Dr. Dan Kinney, President of Iowa Central Community College that was held during the annual 2016 FABTECH convention held in Las Vegas November 16-18, 2016.

Branden said “I am honored and humbled to be given this award and feel very proud of our welding program and welding instructor team at Iowa Central. We have great students to teach and train and I look forward to sharing this award with all of them. Thank you very much for his honor”.

FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing convention and trade show. Exhibitors covered more than 550,000 net square feet and had over 28,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibiting companies. FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to  improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.

Dr. Kinney said “I was honored to attend and watch the award ceremony on behalf of the students, staff, faculty and Board of Directors of Iowa Central and I feel Branden deserves this award. Branden and his fellow instructors at Iowa Central strive to teach all of our students with passion and excellence and we are very proud of all of them”.