How can a public school system fund an effective manufacturing program? How can it provide education relevant to manufacturing today? And how can we make manufacturing an attractive course of study to students?
One public school system in Wisconsin has what might be the answer to all three questions at once.
At Eleva-Strum Central High School in Strum, Wisconsin, the junior- and senior-level manufacturing vocational program is now run as a business. That business goes by the name Cardinal Manufacturing.
Students in this program don’t do make-work projects. They do real work for real customers with real quality and delivery demands.
The program is thriving. Income from the paying work is enough to keep the quality of equipment high. Students get a hands-on education in real-world manufacturing, and at the end of each school year, they also receive a share of the profits.
I don’t think it’s too much to say that both the quantity and quality of prospective manufacturing employees could increase dramatically if other public school systems adopted this school’s model for manufacturing instruction. Watch the video to learn more. Read this article.
Video produced for MMSOnline by Creative Technology.
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