With this being his 24th year in the district, Mr. Rice has over 35 years in the welding trade working in the shop, field and teaching. His program is known nation-wide with former students working all over the world, some making six figures their first year in the trade. He has taught at the trade school, college, and high school level as well as written for several publications. He is on the editorial review board for Practical Welding Today and Eastfield College and wrote for Hobart's The World of Welding, Practical Welding Today, TheFabricator.com, and Keen Rod Ovens. Mr. Rice is a nation-wide accreditation evaluator for the American Bureau of Accreditation Schools, a proud Army Vet and Honorary Member of the International Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, & Reinforcing Iron Workers Local #263.
Mr. Rice's students have won contests and competitions locally, state-wide and nationally including: SkillsUSA in both technical skills/technical information, Bronze, Silver and Gold medals from Lincoln National Arc Welding Contests and were the Washington D.C. Semper Comm National Art Contest champions 3 years in a row.
Even better than winning contests and competitions though is the fact that his students learn a trade that will last them a lifetime. Although welding is considered a male dominated trade, many of Mr. Rice's former female students have been successful in contests, become welding engineers, and served in the military with great success.
Mr. Rice believes in each and every one of his students and loves hearing of their successes not just in welding but in life!