CORBIN — In an effort to make the community more bike-friendly, several bike racks have been installed in downtown Corbin, designed and built by local students.
A group of welding students from the Corbin Area Technology Center were recently invited to participate in a project that would allow them to put their skills to the test by creating bike racks to be installed in downtown Corbin for residents.
Corbin Area Technology Center students created the bike racks for the town of Corbin as part of a joint effort between the town, Corbin Tourism, the Whitley County Health Department and the Cumberland Valley Area Development District.
Adam Hoskins, a welding instructor at the Corbin Area Technology Center, said he was contacted by Kathy Lay, a health instructor at WCHD, in March to ask about his welding students’ participation in the project. To begin, students did their own research, then submitted designs of different bike racks and these were voted on together as a class, taking into account aesthetics, timing, and skill level.
Once it was narrowed down to a single rack design, a plan with dimensions and a list of materials was created and quoted, then submitted to the health department and the city of Corbin for approval. Hoskins then assigned a task to each group/individual to complete the project. Hoskins said it took the students six weeks to complete the project from start to finish.
On Wednesday, the seven bike racks were finally installed at various locations in downtown Corbin by the public works department and community members are now being encouraged to start using them.
Hoskins said he was glad his students were able to get hands-on experience and saw his students take this project from start to finish.
“Obviously, welding courses are elective, which means students taking the course want to learn this trade,” Hoskins said. “It’s a big part of the success of our welding program and it makes my job so enjoyable to use a hands-on approach to broaden their knowledge of core subjects like math and science. The students were very excited at the idea of creating a “real world” project using the business skills they honed over 2-24 weeks.
“Often it is quite difficult to juggle beginning students and advanced students, but projects like this make it possible and you really see advanced students stepping up to meet instructor expectations while teaching new students the importance of measuring twice and cut once approach. The students took great pride in making them, knowing that the bike racks were going to be placed all over town in areas where they could tell someone, “I built them in my welding class.”