TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Students from area high schools are putting their welding skills to the test.

Students were tasked with completing both a welding project and a written exam as part of Ivy Tech’s Welding Competition. Some students joined the advanced level while less experienced welders competed in the intermediate level.

The school says it’s a way for students to show off their welding skills and use their ability to think creatively to problem solve.

It’s also a chance for students to learn more about the opportunities provided by Ivy Tech.

“It’s just important for the students to know that Ivy Tech is down here and we’re here to help,” said Ivy Tech Terre Haute Department Chair Molly Joseph. “We’re here to prepare them for their future in the workforce. It’s also important to introduce the industry partners that are actually in their community.”

Joseph oversees advanced automation robotics technology, industrial technology, smart manufacturing and digital integration and welding technology

A total of 25 students from Vigo, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Putnam Counties as well as Edgar County in Illinois competed during Ivy Tech’s Welding Contest.