Kissler family gives $15,000 towards welding scholarship

October 4, 2017

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David Davin, WVC Foundation executive director, (509) 682-6415

The Kissler Family Foundation made an initial WVC Foundation receives a check for the The Kissler Family Foundation Norco scholarship investment of $15,000 to set up a scholarship fund for welding students at Wenatchee Valley College.

The Kissler Family Foundation Norco scholarship will provide financial assistance to any students pursuing either a short-term program or the one-year certification course in the form of two $1,500 scholarships awarded annually.

The Boise-based Kissler Family Foundation was established in 1986 in order to support students. Fran and Larry Kissler, owners of Norco from 1968-1985, worked while in college in eastern Washington. Now, they fund the scholarship using the profits from Norco, Inc. to help students entering the welding industry pay for their education.

WVC Foundation Executive Director David Davin said this scholarship allows students pursuing the welding trade to get the financial support they need to begin their career or to support themselves while they change careers.

“It’s a high-paying job in a tough economy,” Davin said. “And it’s a growing industry around here. A lot of other industries have uncertainty about them, but welding doesn’t right now. Welding is a growing field.”

The welding program at WVC trains individuals to weld in construction, repair, maintenance and fabrication fields. The program expanded this year to include training to be a welding inspector. 


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