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Perry Tech gets virtual welding machine for program

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima's Perry Technical institute unveiled a new machine Wednesday to help students in its welding program.

It's a virtual simulator that allows students to learn different techniques.  The school bought it with the help of a $50,000 grant from the Wal-Mart foundation. Teacher Matt Medearis says it removes much of the stress for students who are just beginning the program.

"Instead of getting those hot sparks on you or being concerned with slipping, now you have it right here where you start over if you don't like what you see," says Medearis.

Instructors also say the machine will help cut down on the cost of materials. They hope to start using it in classes by the end of March.

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