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L&C Welding Coordinator Earns District Award

Article by: Laura Inlow, (618)468-3255

EDWARDSVILLE – Lewis and Clark Community College Welding Program Coordinator Travis Jumper again is receiving accolades from the American Welding Society (AWS). 

Jumper recently received the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor of the Year Award for District 14 of the AWS. 

AWS District 14 includes the Indiana, Lexington, Louisville, Mississippi Valley, Sangamon Valley, St. Louis, and Tri-River chapters.

Tony Brosio, AWS District 14 director, said Jumper was nominated by his local St. Louis section and brought to the district conference in June. 

Members of all sections represented at the conference voted on candidates in the running for awards and from there section reps voted with Jumper earning the most votes for the Adkins award.

In 2015, Jumper earned the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor of the Year Award from the St. Louis section of the organization. Jumper also received the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016.

“I am very honored to receive this award. It means a lot when you know your peers are selecting you,” Jumper said. 

Jumper, of Bethalto, joined Lewis and Clark in April 2012 and began developing the welding program curriculum. The program was opened and filled with students by the second eight-week session of the fall semester that same year, and has only grown as the demand in that field has grown. 

Jumper said he has been a longtime advocate of vocational and career programs in education.

“I have always liked building things and helping others, so it was a good fit for me to go to school to become a vocational educator,” Jumper said. “I am very proud of all of our welding students and the program. I try to be a mentor to my students. It is a great feeling to see them working in the field and building a better life for themselves and their families.”

Sue Czerwinski, dean of career programs at Lewis and Clark, said Jumper is deserving of this award.

“Travis is a great teacher and coordinator,” Czerwinski said. “He cares deeply about the students and inspires them to be the best in their field.”

The AWS was founded in 1919, and is a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying. 

The organization serves more than 70,000 members working in all areas – from individual welders to engineers, manufacturers, educators and more. It is the source for qualification and certification of welding personnel and offers international, national and local educational opportunities including seminars, conferences, individual corporate programs and online courses. 

For more information on the Welding Technology program at Lewis and Clark, visit or call (618) 468-4931. 

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