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Green River welding instructor wins national teaching award

Green River Community College welding instructor Scott Schreiber was named PWTeacher of the Year by national trade journal Practical Welding Today. Schreiber will be featured in the magazine's July/August edition, scheduled to arrive to subscribers this week.   "It's an honor to be recognized," Schreiber said. "Teaching is a team effort - it can't be done without the help of faculty and staff dedicated to student success, teaching them to be successful in and outside the weld shop."Schreiber was nominated for the Teacher of the Year award by coworkers and industry colleagues. One cited his willingness to sacrifice and devote his time, energy and talents to keeping the welding program relevant and viable. Another noted that students leave the program with a strong work ethic and the skills they need for immediate employment in the field."We are so proud of Scott and this award," Green River President Dr. Eileen Ely said. "His initiative and enthusiasm shine through to create a dynamic and valuable program."Most recently, Schreiber and the welding program were recognized for the effort to curb copper wire theft from street light junction boxes in the City of Auburn. Students worked with city employees to weld shut 1,833 junction boxes over 15 days. Green River students gained real-world experience while saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in materials and labor.In addition to his full-time work teaching welding, Schreiber took the lead in developing three short-term certificate programs in machining and manufacturing, in answer to demand for qualified workers from The Boeing Company and related industries. While unrelated to welding, Schreiber saw the need and wanted to give back. He has also been closely involved in designs for Green River's new Trades building, scheduled to break ground this fall. With classes regularly running at full capacity with over 100 people on wait lists, the new building will allow the welding program to double in size providing space for student demand.