Center honors achievements of student machinists, welders

The Marshall University Advanced Manufacturing Center (formerly the Robert C. Byrd Institute – RCBI), honored graduates and certificate completers of its Machinist Technology/CNC and Welding Technology programs during a ceremony Thursday in Huntington. The students – most of whom already have secured employment in their chosen fields – earned more than 150 industry certifications.

The new graduates and certificate earners are employed at companies across the region, including CSX Transportation in Huntington, Engines Inc. in South Point, Ohio; FLSmidth in Winfield, HPS in Charleston, Huntington Steel in Huntington; JM Precision in Huntington, Liberty Hill Co. in Huntington; McGinnis Inc. in South Point Ohio; ML Dillon Co. in Milton; Mouldagraph Corp. in Nitro, Richwood Industries in Huntington, Steel of West Virginia in Huntington; Superior Marine in South Point, Ohio; TKT Trucking, U.S. Bearing and Power Transmission Corp. in Scott Depot and Wooten Machine in Huntington.

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Machinist Technology/CNC students earning associate of applied science degrees are Benjamin Barringer of Hurricane, Scott Mullins of Huntington, Noah Smith of St. Albans, Jonathan “Andy” Grogan of Mason, Dustin Brown of Mallory and Russell White of Culloden. Earning two-year certificates in Machinist Technology are Lawrence “Hayes” Amburgey of Chapmanville and Justin Sloan of Wilkinson.

The following students each earned one-year certificates in Machinist Technology and are expected to complete their two-year certificates in July: Trevor Bellomy of Huntington, William “Owen” Friend of Charleston, James Mohr of Normantown, David Myers of Hurricane, Joshua Daniel of Huntington,Walter “Evan” Jarvis of Milton and Ty Mullins of Catlettsburg, Ky.

Welding Technology graduates earning associate of applied science degrees are Justin Erwin of Ona, David Harrison of Ona, Bethany Nutter of Summersville, Joseph Reavis of Culloden,  Michael Tyree of Huntington and Ryan Norris of Huntington.

Brooklyn Bowen of Hurricane earned a one-year certificate of applied science. Earning one-year certificates in Welding Technology are Brittany Carter of Huntington, Trenity Carter of Huntington, Jayne Polvinen of Lavalette, Q’Aliyah Turner of Huntington and Hayden Harmon of Ironton, Ohio.

“We’re proud of all of these student achievements, especially the fact that most of our graduates and current students have secured employment in their chosen fields,” said Carol Howerton, the Advanced Manufacturing Center’s senior strategic advisor for workforce development. “We know of more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs open in our region. To satisfy industry demand, we need more individuals to pursue careers in these in-demand fields, which include machining and welding.”

The Machinist Technology/CNC and Welding Technology programs, offered in partnership with Mountwest Community and Technical College, are enrolling for fall semester. Because of grants, scholarships and the West Virginia Invests program, most students graduate from the programs debt free. For more information visit or contact Jill Goheen at or Steven Stacy at .

April 27, 2023

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