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Massman promises $20,000 for equipment in new high school

The Community Manufacturer’s Partnership Capital Campaign will take another step forward this week with $20,000 committed by Massman Automation.

This new donation from Massman provides the partnership with the financial support needed to enhance the school district’s curriculum with the purchase of specific manufacturing equipment that will strengthen the career pathway for students.

Momentum continues to build for the campaign project. “Our initial goal was $30,000, and I believe we will reach that number shortly,” said Al Sholts, COO of Alexandria Industries. “We sincerely thank Massman 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 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 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 Alexandria Area High School.

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

“Massman is excited to be a part of this project and for the opportunity to make a donation that will make a difference for students,” said Jeff Bigger, Massman owner. “The manufacturing lab will provide a groundbreaking learning experience for students of Alexandria Area High School. This will not only expose them to more career choices, but it will also aid them in making decisions on those coming career choices in preparation for a successful future.”