American Welding Society’s Saint Louis Section lead by L&C

Ashtyn Britt


The Welding program at Lewis and Clark Community College has recently completed building the new Weber Workforce Center to help advance the program, but it also has other accomplishments to celebrate.

Welding Faculty Member Robert Lee and Assistant Professor Travis Jumper now serve as chair and vice chair of the American Welding Society’s Saint Louis section. The American Welding Society’s Saint Louis section is one of many organizations dedicated to gaining members and unifying welders everywhere.


Lee has been a welder for a long time, all starting when he started the apprentice program with Ironworkers Local 392. Eventually, he earned an Associate in Applied Science in Welding Technology as an ironworker.


Lee is also an assistant professor for Southwestern Illinois College as well as Lewis and Clark. He is now a teacher rather than an apprentice for Ironworkers Local 392, where many learn important skills that eventually lead to gainful employment.


Jumper became a Lewis and Clark faculty member in early 2012 to help create the welding program here, as a way for potential students to have more career options. Since its start, the program has only grown and allowed more students to benefit and gain a meaningful education.


As the economy continues to further improve, the need for welders rises. Students of the welding program benefit by learning from skilled instructors like Lee and Jumper.


To learn more about the Welding program at Lewis and Clark, visit or calling (618) 468-4931.

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