Shasta College and Sierra Pacific Industries are teaming up to give students some real- life experience.
Sierra Pacific has hired more than a dozen graduates from the welding program at Shasta College within the past seven or eight years.
Now for the first time, students are creating a product for the company, part of the planned co-generation power plant at the forest products company in Anderson.
Sierra Pacific has been on the school's advisory committee for several years. They help trained welding graduates get jobs.
The association has gone so well that now students are creating parts to be used in a co-generation plant being built in Anderson, taking the partnership to a whole new level.
It isn't to save money, either.
Sierra Pacific could fabricate the parts in its own machine shop, and buy the materials either way.
Sierra Pacific says their making the move to hire the students after seeing the quality of the Shasta college Welding Program, and hiring 13 or 14 students over the years.
Now the company wants to give them real life experience.
The Sierra Pacific co-generation plant has not yet received final approval to be built.