History of Western States Corrosion Seminar (WSCS)

Few Corrosion engineers from the west coast were fortunate enough to attend the courses conducted in the mid-west and east coast areas during the 1960’s. As a result, plans were initiated for a West Coast Seminar during the November 1965 NACE Western Region Conference meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Don Reedy (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California), Kent Wachtel (Duriron Company), and Darrel Byerley (Tinker & Rasor) approached Roy Dean, who was Chairman of the Western Region. Enthusiasm was great at the meeting and it was decided to shoot for the first Short Course during the Spring of 1967.

In 1972, the Seminar was moved to the new Center for Continuing Education in Pomona, California. The Center is presently called Kellogg West and has continued to be the Seminar site for the last 39 years.

Today, courses offered consist of:
– Corrosion Fundamentals
– Intermediate Corrosion
– Advanced Corrosion
– CP (Cathodic Protection) Tester Recognition Course
– Operator Qualification Tutorials #1 to #13

In 2006, the Western States Rectifier Course was added.

All seminars have been successful from both an attendance and financial standpoint. Judging from the Seminar critiques, both the speakers and students have learned and benefitted from attending. Total registration for the 49 Seminars, 17 CP Tester Courses, and 10 Rectifier Courses has exceeded 6400 students.

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