McDowell High School announces new McDowell Manufacturing Academy

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Students at McDowell High School now have a new curriculum that will help them land jobs right out of high school. 

A lot of excitement coming from McDowell High School today as they officially announce ‘McDowell Manufacturing Academy’.  We were able to go and explore what the academy has to offer.

Once high school hits, it’s easy to see the future.  For some, it’s college; for others, it’s straight into the workforce; and for some, it’s a giant question mark, but McDowell High School is helping students find and train for a viable career path before leaving high school.

Teacher Kyle Bucholtz says, “The entry-level manufacturing jobs are what we are trying to prepare the students for.”

Students will even have the opportunity to take college-level courses.

Guidance Counselor Scott Boyd says, “Edinboro has been kind enough to allow us to use these courses with fulfillment at a reasonable rate of 300 per courses.”

Students who complete the program are going to also walk away with a Certificate of Safety from OSHA.  

McDowell Senior Beau Seibel says that having this program is great to have.  “We can still take our normal courses and be here at school all day, come down here and have a great thing to look forward to and know this is something that not everyone gets to have.”

Now, the students will be used industry standard machines such as the CNC plasma cutter and router, the Fusion 360 Cam software and much more. 

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