On Thursday, May 31, families, friends, and employers of the adult education welding students gathered at our Mount Joy campus to celebrate their graduation from our advanced welding program alongside welding instructors Don Tankesley and Dick Bernhardt.
During the Graduation ceremony, students were surprised with scholarships and awards, including the inaugural presentation of the LCCT Foundation Steven Garret Graby Memorial Scholarship which was awarded to Austin Hinnenkamp, and provided $500 to be used towards his future career in welding.
Steven Graby was a graduate of the LCCTC welding program who tragically passed away in a job site accident in 2022 at the age of 30. The scholarship came together with the help of Steven’s family, the LCCT Foundation, his former welding instructor Dominic Russo, and Steven’s former LCCTC classmates Les Addicote and Paul Rebello.
Steven’s mother, AJ Simmons was on hand alongside Foundation board member Tony Gillespie to present Austin with the first of the scholarship awards given in Steven’s memory. The LCCT Foundation looks forward to awarding the scholarship to deserving welding graduates for years to come in honor of Steven and sharing his legacy.