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Grant helps fund CNC machinery at community college

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Luzerne County Community College was part of a consortium that was awarded a $10 million grant via the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program.

Along with new programs, two new Haas CNC machines were purchased.

The re-dedication coincided with the college offering three new programs for the fall 2015 semester as a result of the grant. The three new programs offered are engineering design and manufacturing, diesel truck technology, and welding.

“Manufacturing is coming back,” Helene Mancuso, project director for the TAACCCT grant, said.

The criteria for being awarded the TAACCCT grant was that the programs designed include coinciding with the job needs in northeastern Pennsylvania as well as being on the PA High Priority Occupations list.

The teachers stressed that there was an immediate need for the new programs. Bob Conner, automotive program teacher, and Edward Kuehner, welding professor, both echoed the same sentiment — there is a great need for certified individuals.

“Local shops are crying for people,” Conner said.

See the full story here: http://timesleader.com/news/local/494800/grant-aids-renovations-new-programs-at-luzerne-county-community-college.

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December 3, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Alabama high school receives $10,000 grant for CNC program

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The North Baldwin Center for Technology, a high school in Bay Minette, Alabama, has received a big financial boost that will enable the school to expand its program offerings, reports the Alabama Media Group. The Gene Haas Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant for the school’s CNC program.

Scott Larson, construction technology instructor at North Baldwin, said the school is introducing two new courses to teach advanced woodworking technology using CNC machines. “We really appreciate the support of Haas Automation Inc. in helping us with this endeavor. Their generous financial gift and technical expertise will be invaluable in establishing this program,” Larson said.

These courses will introduce students to CAD/CAM software as well as setup, tooling, operation and maintenance of CNC machinery.

See the full story here: http://blog.al.com/press-releases/2015/11/north_baldwin_tech_receives_10.html.

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November 26, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Senator Coons highlights Delaware apprenticeship programs

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U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) spoke on the Senate floor to recognize National Apprenticeship Week, which was created to help business leaders, educators, community based organizations, students, and workers learn about the real-world advantages of apprenticeships. 1,100 Delawareans are actively working through apprenticeship programs.

Full audio and video of Senator Coons’ speech available here.

Excerpt from Senator Coons’ remarks:

“In this body we often discuss the importance of, and the value of expanding early childhood education, strengthening our public schools, and making college more affordable.  Indeed these investments are critical. But let’s not forget about what I call, ‘the other four-year degree.’  It’s a degree that guarantees you a well-paying job and a career path after graduation.  It’s a degree that gives you experience that employers demand and teaches you skills that last a lifetime.  It’s a degree that provides a paycheck even while you’re still in school and it’s a degree that leaves you debt-free.  Where’s the catch? Well you might have to wake up early every day, might have to work nights and weekends, you’ll definitely have to complete thousands of hours of hands-on, on-the-job training and four, five years of work in your trade. And in many apprenticeship programs, if you miss even a few days of work – that’s it – you’re done. On-the-job training, years of work experience, and a limited number of absences doesn’t sound like a typical college curriculum, and it’s not. It’s an apprenticeship.”

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November 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Group to offer free woodworking lessons for kids

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Beginning in November, the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters will host “Kids Build” weekend workshops in Papillion, Nebraska. The events are two-hour workshops, held from 10 a.m. to noon, one Saturday per month from November to May. Workshops are open to children ages 5 to 12.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/KidsBuildworkshop.

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November 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Woodworking student becomes hero

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When Murray State University student Kenneth Thomas cut open his hand while using the shop’s band saw in a woodworking class, classmate Becky Morris jumped into action.

“I saw his hand and was like ‘This is not good,’ and he was like ‘I’m not okay,'” Morris explained.

Morris wasted no time leaving this classroom and rushed him to the hospital.

“Nine minutes from when it happened, he was with the doctor with the ER,” said Murray State public relations professor, Elizabeth Thomas.

See the full WPSD story here: http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/30378259/murray-state-woodworking-student-becomes-hero.

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November 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

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School’s $27 million expansion will include space for woodworking, CNC routers

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Bullis, a school located in Potomic, Maryland for grades two through 12, celebrated the groundbreaking of the Potomac private school’s 67,000 sq. ft. Gerald L. Boarman Discovery Center, a state-of-the-art building that will include a fabrication lab, group study areas, a multi-use theater, video conferencing equipment and a new student café. The fabrication lab will have space for woodworking, laser printers, CNC routers, metal working, robotics, and digital production.

Bullis, home to more than 800 students, has raised almost all of the $27 million needed for the project from private donors, according to Susie Zimmermann, the school’s director of communications. Bullis also received a $38 million bond from Montgomery County that it will have to pay back to help finance the project.

The center will include 10 classrooms and 11 science labs, increasing the school’s classroom space by 50 percent, a rooftop terrace that may be used for classes and social gatherings, a new school store, and the 225-seat multi-use theater that can be used for lectures, ceremonies or drama performances.

It’s also meant to enhance the school’s efforts in STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math).

Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017.

See the full Bethesda Magazine story here: http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2015/Bullis-School-Celebrates-Groundbreaking-for-27-Million-Expansion-Project/.

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November 11, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Peyton Woods recognizes industry partnerships

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Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program recognized its industry partners at a dinner at Peyton High School in Peyton, Colorado. Woodworking equipment and supplies companies have made contributions of their products worth more than $2.7 million to the new educational program, which opened in August.

Jim Frohbieter, Peyton school board president, and Tim Kistler, superintendent, spoke at the dinner. Kistler described how the program has taken an empty building and is creating a state-of-the-art operation.

“This is an opportunity we haven’t seen before,” he said.

Dean Mattson, director of the program, described his journey from Oregon cabinet manufacturer to educator at the North Salem High School and recently to the Peyton Woods Manufacturing program. Mattson also thanked several in the industry who provided early support and advice, including Tom Phillips, Steve Waltman and Andy Chidwick.

Mattson also discussed plans for a new national training center in nearby Colorado Springs.

“We’re doing this for the kids, and for your future employees,” he said.

See http://www.peyton.k12.co.us for more information on the school.

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