EWC Instructor Recognized
October 13, 2004
(Torrington, WY) The welding program at Douglas High School was nominated as a "Best Practice" by colleagues from the Wyoming Department of Education and the Wyoming Association of Career and Technical Education. Henry Woehl, Douglas High School Welding Instructor, was nominated. Henry received his bachelor's degree from Chadron State College and his master's degree from Purdue University. He has taught at Douglas High School since the fall of 1977. His juniors and seniors have the opportunity to take 18 credits of Welding through the concurrent enrollment program and 4 credits of Machine Tool Technology. He also teaches two nights a week for Eastern Wyoming College, a stacked class of WELD 1700, 1771, 1780 and Welding for Fun. When Henry accepted the nomination, he had a six page form to complete asking about his curriculum, career planning process, advisory committee members and the committee's influence including EWC Welding Instructor Leland Vetter, the CTSO involved (Skills USA) and its impact on student learning within the program, experiential learning types and benefits, and partnerships within the community.
The nominations were judged by a small group of professionals from within the Wyoming Department of Education. Henry and the welding program will be recognized by the Wyoming State Legislature. He presented his programs "secrets" to success at the School Improvement Conference in Casper on October 1st. The program overview Henry included in his application will be published and dispersed throughout the state in a booklet produced by the Wyoming Department of Education entitled Best Practices in Career-Vocational Education, 2003-04. As a recognized "Best Practice"you may be contacted by colleagues at the state or possibly national levels for advice regarding your program's success.
EWC President Jack Bottenfield commented, "As President of Eastern Wyoming College, I am very pleased to learn of this fine honor which is being bestowed upon Henry Woehl. It is always wonderful to see good people recognized for their achievements and Henry certainly has a number of achievements. We at EWC deeply appreciate the contribution which Henry makes to the concurrent enrollment program of EWC and to the teaching of Welding."