Last month at amerimold I briefly met Craig Cegielski of Eleva-Strum Tech/Cardinal Manufacturing, but what really struck me was the buzz around the show about Craig and his students. So much buzz that I thought I'd better re-post about this extraordinary program.
Craig had a bold idea about manufacturing education. The highest-level class in his school's vocational manufacturing program takes on contract machining work from commercial customers. A class full of students making actual, sellable, end-use parts. A student-run job shop located on school grounds. What a brilliant way to teach AND help fund the school’s program.
MoldMaking Technology's sister publication, Modern Machine Shop features a story and video by Senior Editor Pete Zelinski that highlights the high school in Wisconsin mentioned above, which runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business.
Its name is Eleva-Strum Central High School (Strum, WI), and the junior- and senior-year manufacturing class that is part of this school-based job shop is called Cardinal Manufacturing.