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AHS CTE receives $12,400
ARLINGTON Were now a state-of-the-art manufacturing corporation, said Arlington High School Vocational Director Brett Sarver, after announcing Nov. 13 that AHS has received $12,400 for 24 Mastercam computer-aided design program licenses.
Not only do these licenses, plus the six that AHS has already purchased, allow them to equip a full classroom of 30 students with the CAD software, but they also represents the latest step in what Sarver described as a three-year process.
Linda Byrnes and I took a field trip to the manufacturing areas of the Arlington airport, Sarver said of the ongoing project to build up the AHS Career and Technical Education department. We asked, What do we need? The school district began assembling manufacturing and engineering technology and hiring several new teachers, and we formed wonderful partnerships with local businesses and community service organizations such as Rotary, who have donated time, money and equipment.
Sarver estimates that AHS CTE has received more than $60,000 in cash donations alone, from groups such as Absolute Manufacturing, Ellison Technologies, Aeronautical Testing Services, HCI Steel, the Newell Corporation, ABW Technologies, Checkmate Industries, the Vine Street Group, Smokey Point Distribution, Janicki Industries, Northwest Tech Inc., AWC Incorporated and the Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County. This does not include the $1,900 worth of free shipping that theyve received for their equipment, nor the $1,000 worth of offloading and installation theyve also received free of charge.
Weve been bought a MIG welder and given plastic and aluminum scrap to work on for our CNC machine training, Sarver said. Janicki, one of the largest manufacturing firms in the Pacific Northwest, has given students and faculty field trips of their Skagit facility. Im amazed by how much everyone has stepped up to the plate for our kids. Its been so humbling, because almost every day has brought a new surprise.