Welding Technology Coordinator Travis Jumper is a leader in his field, and a Trailblazer in every sense of the word. He currently serves as vice chair of the American Welding Society St. Louis Section and will begin his two-year term as the chair in June 2019.
Jumper, of Bethalto, joined Lewis and Clark in April 2012 and began developing the welding program curriculum. The program opened and was filled with students by the second eight-week session of the fall semester that same year and has only grown since. He has been a longtime advocate of vocational and career programs in education.
“The last 6+ years have been a whirlwind of activity, but the experience has been both challenging and fun,” Jumper said. “We work closely with our district high school welding/agriculture instructors and their guidance counselors to help educate their students on employment options within the welding industry. We were able to create a curriculum from scratch and build up the program in a way that maximizes the skills of the students and prepares them for a variety of careers in the welding industry – careers that range from welders and fitters, to engineering and weld inspection, marketing and sales, truck driving, equipment repair, education and many more.”
Jumper was a 2017 recipient of the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor of the Year Award for District 14 of the AWS. He received the award for the St. Louis Section in 2016 and was Lewis and Clark’s Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award recipient the same year.
L&C’s Welding Technology program has a total of seven faculty members, with a combined 180+ years of experience working in the field.
For more information on the Welding Technology program at Lewis and Clark, visit www.lc.edu/program/welding or call (618) 468-4931.