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Alexandria Pro-Fab pledges $5,000 to new high school

The Community Manufacturer’s Partnership Capital Campaign announced that Alexandria Pro-Fab promises $5,000 to its manufacturing equipment campaign.

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This new donation from Pro-Fab provides the Partnership with the financial support needed to enhance the school district’s curriculum with the purchase of specific manufacturing equipment to strengthen the career pathway for students.

The capital campaign project will soon come to an end, as its final goal has almost been met with this latest donation.

“The immediate goal was $300,000 in monetary and equipment donations. As word has gotten out about the project, local companies have been more than generous to the campaign. I believe we will shortly reach that number and more,” said Al Sholts, COO of Alexandria Industries. “We sincerely thank Alexandria Pro-Fab for their generous gift that will go towards growing our own workforce.”

The Community Manufacturer’s Partnership campaign is being led by Sholts, Duane Taillefer of Massman Automation Designs, LLC and Jason Murray of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission. The goal is to raise the funds necessary to purchase equipment for the Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) and have it in place prior to July 2014.

This equipment for the manufacturing lab will facilitate a partnership of career exploration between District 206 and local manufacturers. It will enable the school district to provide hands-on learning in a specially designed lab at the AAHS.

This equipment will also help to close the growing skills gap for manufacturing, engineering and mechanical careers.

Alexandria Pro-Fab owner Don Wilkins added, “We are excited to partner with the school district and other local manufacturing companies. The opportunity to make a donation that will make a big difference for students is rewarding. Knowing this equipment will provide an innovative learning makes this a win for all involved.”