Co-Lin to dedicate welding lab in honor or Bruce Irvin

Co-Lin will honor longtime instructor Bruce Irvin as part of Homecoming weekend on Friday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. The Wesson Campus welding lab will be dedicated and named in Irvin’s honor in appreciation for his commitment and service to Co-Lin.

Irvin graduated from Co-Lin in 1970 with a welding vocational certificate. He also earned certification from Smith Welding Equipment School at Alcorn State University in 1978 and went on to receive his vocational certification from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1980.

Irvin began working as a welding instructor at Co-Lin in 1976 and spent over 30 years teaching until he retired in 2013. He then returned to Co-Lin briefly from January to May in 2015. Throughout his career, Irvin also worked as a welding instructor for International Paper Company, and as a certified welder and later as assistant welding supervisor at Ingalls Ship Building. He also owned Irvin’s Auto Paint and Body from 1977-1986.

Irvin is a member of the American Welding Society and the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America where he also served as an advisor. In 2012, Irvin was recognized as Educator of the Year at Co-Lin.

Irvin has four children, Erric, Terrell, Brandi, and Krystle, twelve grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He is a member of Homeseeker’s Bible Church in Wesson.