Student-Run Manufacturing Business to Host Open House May 3

Visit Cardinal Manufacturing to see a self-funded manufacturing program within a Wisconsin public high school.


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Eleva-Strum High School in Strum, Wisconsin, is about a two-hour drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and about three hours from Madison, Wisconsin. If you are interested in manufacturing education, the drive is worth it. This public high school is home to Cardinal Manufacturing, a manufacturing instruction program that pays for itself by functioning as a commercial business. Students perform job-shop work for local customers, thereby learning about not just machining and welding, but also winning business, meeting deliveries and serving customers. Learn about Cardinal Manufacturing in this article, and learn much more at an open house the school will be hosting next week.

The open house is May 3. Visitors will be able to meet the instructor, Craig Cegielski, and see the students’ shop. Returning visitors will be able to see how far the shop has progressed since the combination of commercial work and donations from supportive businesses has enabled Cardinal to steadily upgrade its equipment. Here is more about the open house.

And for schools interested in replicating Cardinal’s model, Mr. Cegielski and Eleva-Strum High School will be hosting a one-day workshop for educators in June to detail how to launch, develop and oversee a self-funded manufacturing instruction program.