CACC welding instructor receives Educator AwardPublished 7:30pm Thursday, September 26, 2013
A Central Alabama Community College instructor was recently recognized by his peers for excellence in education.
CACC welding instructor and technical fauclty member Joseph Daniel James was awarded the District 9 Educator Award from the American Welding Society.
James, known as DJ, was announced the winner of the award in the September 2013 issue of ‘Welding Journal.’
James said it is great to be recognized by professionals in his field, and the award is a sign of the strides CACC is making in its welding program.
“It’s a great honor because the people that nominated me were actual professionals in the welding field,” James said. “It means a lot because other people are seeing what we are doing here at the college and following what we are doing. We’re trying to lead the way in what we do in the classroom.”
The District Educator Award recognizes instructors for their outstanding teaching accomplishment at the high school, trade school, technical institute and community college levels.
Each award winner receives a certificate, two-year full membership in the American Welding Society and free registration to attend the AWS Show and all technical sessions in the year that the award is presented.
“Awards such as these recognize the capabilities, education, and experience of our talented instructional faculty,” said CACC Interim President Susan Burrow in a release. “I am proud of the accomplishments of Mr. James and the Welding Program. His diligent work has not only expanded the resources of the program and but the recruitment of students towards lucrative careers.”
James said developing students in the welding field is crucial because of the shortage of qualified workers in the field around the nation.
“Right now in the welding field we have a shortage of welders. Therefore, there are more people retiring from the field than there are getting into the field each year,” James said. “It is estimated this year that about 450,000 welding jobs will be open across the United States unfilled by qualified welders.”