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School Scoop: On site at AAHS

(Annie Harman/Echo Press)

It will be hard not to notice the large Design and Build classroom at Alexandria Area High School this fall. Located right off the commons area, a wall of windows will allow all students to look in at the students taking part in the Engineering and Manufacturing Academy programs.

Headed up by Alexandria Industries and made possible by a collaboration of other manufacturing companies in the area, the academy is full of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) tools. This includes a plasma cutter, saws, and a CNC mill that was refurbished after being on the floor at Alexandria Industries.

Tom Ellison, an industrial technology teacher at AAHS, said that the students are excited and ready to get into the classroom and use the technology, something they never had at Jefferson High School.

The CNC mill will be running during the open house on August 5, producing key chains and other small trinkets for the guests to take home as a keepsake.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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