Sheboygan school tech centers promote manufacturing careers

Sheboygan Press: The potential skills students could learn from two new manufacturing centers at area high schools were symbolized Tuesday by a ribbon cutting featuring a plasma cutter.

Sparks flew as Sheboygan Area School District Superintendent Joseph Sheehan cut the metal ribbon to open the two new advanced technology centers at North and South high schools.

“We are about preparing students for a future that is right here in our community,” Sheehan said.

Both schools are opening “Kohler – Johnsonville Advanced Technology Centers” as part of what is called the Red Raider initiative, which aims to put equipment in students’ hands to prepare them for college and future work.

The majority of funds for the roughly $5 million project came from donations from area business. The school district will contribute approximately $800,000, with more than $4.1 million in funding come from donations and pledges from businesses over the next five years.

“To think that we have state of the art technology centers at both North High and South High is a bit mind blowing,” South High School Principal Mike Trimberger said. “In total, this project encompasses 43 partners who have invested somehow in this project.”

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