Three local high schools will receive new, high-tech equipment for their manufacturing programs.
The nearly $280,000 in funding is coming from a partnership between the Avon Maitland District School Board, the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association, and the Ontario Council for Technology Education.
Students at Stratford District Secondary School, St. Marys District Collegiate and Vocational Institute, and Central Huron Secondary School will benefit through the CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program.
The equipment deliveries began in November 2022, and range from CNC milling centres, lathes, and plasma cutters, to CNC desktop milling machines, high-precision conventional milling machines and lathes with readouts, and more.
In addition, each school will also receive tool kits and cutting tools.
“Our goal is to expose high school students to technology at an earlier age to engage their interest for a career within our industry,” said Robert Cattle, CTMA executive director. “Not only does this expose students to newer technology at an earlier age, but also gives teachers up-to-date equipment to implement in their classrooms.”
The Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.