Student-run businesses address manufacturing skills gap

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Targeting the skills gap in manufacturing, some Wisconsin high schools have launched for-profit businesses that give students experience in areas such as product design and metal fabrication.

One of those student-run businesses is Husty Heavy Manufacturing, at Hustisford High School, which is gearing up to do work for area companies.

The projects could be something simple like cutting, grinding and sanding metal parts for a manufacturer. However, the work also could include creating custom products using 3-D printers.

Either way, students will gain valuable experience on the shop floor. They also will work with engineers and other business professionals.

It’s about “relevance to manufacturing,” said David Jasperson, a Hustisford High School technology education teacher and the adviser to Husty Heavy Manufacturing.

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