Castleford High School student Keegan Myers will be attending both Castleford High School and the College of Southern Idaho this coming school year. Keegan was one of only three students accepted into the welding portion of CSI’s Expanded Technical Dual Credit program, which is designed to help high school students work toward achieving their post-secondary goals. It has programs in various technical fields including auto body, drafting, and food processing.
The amount of time Keegan had to complete his application was very limited. He and his family learned of the opportunity from an evening news feature. They found more information in the next morning’s Times-News edition. After consulting with Castleford’s FFA adviser and agriculture instructor Mr. Daniel Billington and with guidance counselor Mr. James Bostock, Keegan had just one week to meet the application deadline. The application required a cover letter that highlighted each applicant’s experience in the desired field, a 30-minute interview, and two letters of recommendation.
For the welding portion of the program, CSI had just three positions available. Although they received several applications, few met the requirements. Keegan received one of the three available positions. Megan Myers, Keegan’s mother, said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that Keegan would be one of the successful candidates, but I knew we had to at least apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
As a recipient of this program, Keegan will attend Castleford High School in the morning and CSI each afternoon, from 1:00-5:00. He’ll be taking mostly welding courses.
Welding is a skill that Keegan already has been honing. He enrolled in Mr. Billington’s welding courses and has continued perfecting his skills at home. He’s experienced in multiple types of welding, including TIG, SMAW, MIG, and gas. He has showcased his skills at various contests, winning several accolades. In the most recent FFA Agriculture Mechanics contest, he won first place in arc welding and second place in gas welding. At the Rocky Mountain Shootout held at Idaho State University, his team took fourth place and Keegan scored first high individual in SMAW welding.
He’s fabricated various projects both at school and at home, including pipe trailers and pivot bridges. For his Senior Project, he built an oxygen tank rack for the Castleford Quick Response Unit. He has worked for Iron Man Welding, and he currently works for Guy Kaster Farms.
By the time he finishes his senior year in the spring of 2018, Keegan will have a high school diploma and a basic technical certificate.