FredWelchALLEGANY, NY —The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center has named Fred Welch as its new executive director. Welch replaces Tom Moser, who served as the Center’s executive director since its opening in 2009.

A life-long resident of the Olean area, Welch graduated from Allegany High School. He attended Geneseo State University where he graduated with a BA degree in Mathematics before earning a master’s degree in Education at St. Bonaventure University.
Welch began his teaching career as a mathematics instructor at Cuba Central School. He then accepted a position at Olean Junior High/Olean Middle School where he taught computer literacy/programming and technology for 25 years.

After training at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Welch started the engineering curriculum known as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) at Olean High School. He also taught mechanical and electrical engineering at OHS for the past seven years before retiring from teaching in June.
“I’m excited to be the new director of the Challenger Learning Center and honored that so many people associated with the CLC have reached out expressing their enthusiasm and confidence in me as the new director,” Welch said. “I’ll be working with a wonderfully supportive board and I’m fortunate to be mentored by Tom Moser, who has done a stellar job the past four years. I will also be working with a great group of commanders with a passion for math, science, and space who know how to interact with students. I’m looking forward to this new adventure in my career.”

Challenger Learning Center board president Stu Smith added, “We are fortunate to have found such a strong replacement for Tom Moser. Fred’s rich teaching experience and his enthusiasm for inspiring youngsters will give us a seamless transition as he takes over the reins from Tom.”

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