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The Douglas Machine Foundation promises $50,000 to new school

The new high school’s Community Manufacturer’s Partnership Capital Campaign continues to move forward with a $50,000 donation committed to the campaign by The Douglas Machine Foundation.

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This donation is earmarked by the partnership to enhance the school district’s curriculum with the purchase of specific manufacturing equipment to strengthen the career pathway for students.

The Community Manufacturer’s Partnership campaign is being led by Al Sholts of Alexandria Industries, Duane Taillefer of Massman Automation Designs, LLC and Jason Murray of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC).

The goal of the partnership is to raise the funds necessary to purchase equipment for the Alexandria Area High School and have it in place prior to the building’s opening in September 2014.

The 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 Alexandria Area High School, teaching students applicable skills to ensure their success beyond high school.

“The goal for the campaign is $300,000 and we are quickly closing in on that number,” said Duane Taillefer, vice president of operations of Massman Automation Designs.

Douglas Machine president and COO Jon Ballou added, “Our decision to help fund the manufacturing lab at the Alexandria Area High School was easy to make. We see this as a step to preparing our students for a successful future by not only providing career awareness, but also the hands-on experience that will capture the student’s interest.”