The Wire - Week of June 5, 2017

Fall Scholarship Applications Now Open– Over $42,000 in award money

The RTC Foundation is taking online scholarship applications until June 30. We can use your help to make sure students take advantage of this valuable financial resource. The application process is competitive, and we are committed to giving students the help and guidance they need to lower barriers and increase their chances for success.

                Deadline  - June 30th, 11:59 p.m.
                Apply Online
                Letter of Recommendation Deadline – June 30th, 11:59 p.m.

Scholarship recipients are decided by a volunteer committee. Let you students know they can come to a workshop to learn how to increase their chances of getting an award.

  • Thursday, June 8, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Want the Foundation to visit your class to give a five minute scholarship overview to your students? Contact us at or 425-235-7867 and we’d be happy to set something up.

Welders team up to create 'Se'ulku' art

RTC welders team up to create artwork

The theme of the 2017 Welding Rodeo on May 18-19 this year was Salish Sea. Renton Technical College's team of welders, led by welding instructor Dave Parker, created a piece entitled Se'ulku. The full-day construction of the sculpture can be seen by clicking the image above to watch the time lapse video.

"The Native Totems are spirit beings...the Salish word for water is "Se'ulku," said instructor Dave Parker. "Our piece is titled 'Se'ulku' which is roughly translated to water spirit. We decided on a totem after seeing the scrap steel that was available and considering the theme this year. Due to an emergency base change in the middle of our build we lost an hour and didn't finish in the required amount of time. The base is a critical part of construction (like a foundation). For safety reasons I determined it was not suitable to weld to. We did find another large base and made the change! Looking closely you can see the waves of water at the base and up about two thirds, also the fish climbing in a spiral school upward toward the Eagle spirit."

The team of welding artists included: Dave Parker, Mike Fobes, Michael McLaughlin (former student), Dan Hampton (current student) and John Caverler (former student).