ICCTA Pacesetter Award
Adjunct faculty, welding technology program, Southwestern Illinois College
Southwestern Illinois College (1999)
Ray Connolly pursued a college-prep program
during his high school years but decided to follow a personal interest in welding
technology when he enrolled at Southwestern Illinois College.
In 1998, he won the state gold medal in welding and the national
title in 1999. As America's welding champion, he represented the nation
in the International World Skills Competition and won the international gold
medal in Montreal.
Raymond Connolly accepts his Pacesetter Award
from ICCTA Awards Committee members Dr. Clare Ollayos (left)
and Mary Nolan.