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Welding Roses And A Future Career At LI

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Welding Roses And A Future Career At LI


Steel roses, a coat rack and pine cones realistic enough to fool a squirrel are on a worktable in the Lyndon Institute welding shop/classroom. Todd LaPlant, at left, and Tucker Morehouse are two of the school’s welding students making and selling products to fund the summer trip to the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City, Mo.

Lyndon Institute's welding students have become florists, of a sort. They are making and painting steel roses. Each stem costs $10. Proceeds will help cover costs to send a student to the national Skills USA welding competition in June in Kansas City, Mo. and to support the school's welding club.

"Our students like making useful things," said Melissa Higgins Tyler, the school's welding teacher. "What better way to show people their skill. And, they wanted to give people a low-cost gift option."

The school's welding students have done well at both state and national events with students routinely placing first through third at the state level. LI's first-place winner at the 1993 national Skills USA event was Jason Mitchell, Class of 1993, who now operates his own welding shop.

Customers can place special orders, such as a coat rack with a fish motif recently crafted for an LI teacher. The roses can be done in custom colors, as well as the standard red, yellow and blue. Other examples of the students work can be seen at homes and campgrounds around the area.

Welding is one of eight technical educational subjects taught at Lyndon Institute. Thirty-five are enrolled in one of the school's welding courses. LI offers auto mechanics, sustainable agriculture/greenhouse gardening, licensed nursing assistant training (allied health), business, computer aided drafting (CAD), graphics arts, human services and machining on its campus, and other programs at St. Johnsbury Academy as part of the regional technical education program. More than 40 percent of the school's students are enrolled in one or more technical education courses.

To purchase roses or for more information on the school, contact Melissa Tyler at 802-626-0177 or by email at


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