Successful Open House for Cardinal Manufacturing

Cardinal Manufacturing, a high school manufacturing program, raised more than $10,000 in a recent open house.


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Photo by Jennifer Peterson at Eleva-Strum Schools.

Teacher Craig Cegielski of Cardinal Manufacturing says a recent open house raised over $10,000 in cash for the manufacturing program he leads. Cardinal Manufacturing, which we first reported on in this article, is the western Wisconsin high school manufacturing program that functions as a student-run machining and fabrication business. Students in this program learn about manufacturing by producing real parts for real customers.

About 400 people attending the open house allowed the program to raise about $6,000 from a raffle. The rest of the money came from direct donations, including the $3,000 check pictured from the Precision Metalforming Association.

Additionally, Mate Precision Tooling donated a Bridgeport EZ Trak milling machine valued at about $19,000 and cutting tool supplier Walter donated about $3,000 in tooling. Kennametal covered the cost of food and drink at the event.

Mr. Cegielski says, “Most of the money we received will go toward the construction of new office space and a conference room. This will provide a professional space for us to meet with customers rather than in the class room. Our current office space will then be converted to an inspection lab. The new space will take us to the next level of professionalism. We are constantly trying to mimic real manufacturers.”

He says the support of both the community and industry has been vital for growing and advancing this unusual manufacturing education program. See additional photos of the open house event. 


Photo by Cera Boe, Eleva-Strum teacher.