Hill College instructor honored by American Welding Society

  Hill College
  Wednesday, March 7, 2018 3:48 PM

Hillsboro, TX

Brian Bennett, welding program coordinator and instructor at Hill College, has received the Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Section Award from the North Texas section of the American Welding Society (AWS). 

The award recognizes high school, trade school, technical institute or community college instructors whose teaching activities are considered to have advanced the knowledge of welding to students in their respective schools. 

Bennett became a full-time welding instructor at Hill College in 2000, and received his Certified Welding Inspector/Certified Welding Educator certification from AWS in 2003. Bennett has been active in AWS, including coordinating monthly field trips for his students to attend the AWS district meetings. 

He has been the recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award three times and was voted the 2005 vocational instructor of the year for the Johnson County Campus of Hill College. Bennett has also served as the Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) section chair three times.

Bennett says that his favorite part about teaching is, “Knowing that I am teaching a trade that will allow my students to make a living and provide for their families. When I see students outside of school, and they walk up to me and tell me how successful they are, that is a great feeling.”

The Hill College Welding Program offers comprehensive training in a hot job market. Students can choose from several program options including a Certificate in Basic Welding and an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Hill College is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help students get a jump-start on their careers. With hands-on curriculum, students are given experience that exceeds what a classroom can teach.

In conjunction with this program, Hill College offers continuing education courses in the welding field to update existing skills or for special projects. Welding courses are offered at the Hill County and Johnson County Campuses.