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AHS CTE receives $7,500 from Rotary to purchase equipment

ARLINGTON The Arlington Rotary has donated $7,500 to the Arlington High Schools Career and Technical Education Department.
According to Arlington School District Director of Financial Services Deborah Borgens, this donation will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the schools Manufacturing and Engineering Technology program.
This is a great show of support, Borgens said at the July 9 ASD Board of Directors meeting. Were going to see some exciting things come from this.
AHS CTE Director Brett Sarver explained the process that led to the recommendation of the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology program, one of four new courses for which ASD Deputy Superintendent Warren Hopkins requested approval.
According to Sarver, last year he was tasked by Hopkins and ASD Superintendent Lynda Byrnes with looking to Arlington-area businesses, and beyond, for ideas regarding courses. After researching Snohomish County employment statistics, he determined that manufacturing and engineering are exploding in this area, citing the regional Trident submarine bases and Boeing 787 airplane production, and he received feedback from several local businesses that were looking for trained, qualified students that they could hire right away.
Sarver consulted with representatives of companies such as Absolute Manufacturing, ABW Technologies, AWC, HCI Steel Building Systems and the Newell Corporation, before checking out the manufacturing and engineering program at Snohomish High School, which boasts both manufacturing equipment and employees from manufacturing companies, in order to train students on how to use their equipment in the school itself.
Theyre really outside the box, Sarver said. They took a bold step toward what was needed.
The Manufacturing and Engineering Technology course is currently scheduled for the 2007-2008 school year at AHS, and Sarver hopes more area residents and local businesses alike will pitch in on behalf of such programs.
We plan to follow Snohomish High Schools model of partnering with the community, Sarver said. By providing training that makes our students employable, employers will help students earn livable wages, while helping to earn themselves employees. Its a perfect fit.
Sarver acknowledged that Snohomish High School had to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their manufacturing and engineering program up and running, but he believes that AHS can successfully generate a similar amount by going straight to

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