ISTC Welders Help PCA Panthers Show Their School Spirit

November 13, 2017

The signs, which are on display outside the PCA field house, were created using CNC laser technology. ISTC welding instructor Chris Ingram explained that his students worked from a photo to create the 4x4 foot signs. “The students used computer skills to upload the image, then refined it so the plasma cutter could read it as a line drawing.” After the initial work was done with a plasma cutting torch, other students buffed and painted the metal signs to protect them from the elements.

The signs are an example of “live work” projects available to through the College. Live work projects are teaching/learning opportunities assigned for the purpose of applying or enhancing learned skills. Currently 10 ISTC career technical programs offer live work: automotive body repair, auto mechanics, barbering, cabinetmaking, carpentry, cosmetology, furniture refinishing, horticulture, upholstery and welding.

To qualify for a live work project, a customer must be a public employee or official (current or retired), a student currently enrolled in an Alabama two-year college, a charitable organization supported by donations, or a tax supported program or institution.

For more information about the ISTC live work program, contact Shannon Cherry at 334-285-5177 or