$60,000 CNC Lathe for East Lake High School

2014 is bringing significant new CNC manufacturing opportunities to East Lake High School.
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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. - Jan. 7, 2014 - PRLog -- Career Technical Education Foundation, Inc. (CTEF) is proud to announce that East Lake High School Academy of Engineering has received a special allocation from Pinellas County Schools Career Technical Adult Education Department.  The allocation will purchase a large commercial-grade Haas computerized CNC lathe, valued at almost $60,000, to be located at East Lake High School.

Imagine combining the precision and speed of a computer with the most advanced machining technology.  That’s why CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology is rapidly advancing the manufacturing industry, and why U.S. manufacturing jobs have been experiencing a renaissance since 2010, with increased demand for workers each year.  Manufacturing’s blue-collar image is being replaced with a young tech-savvy workforce. CNC-skilled workers earn an average of $50,000 per year.

Students at East Lake High School Academy of Engineering will be among the first trained with this in-demand manufacturing skillset as part its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum.  The CNC lathe will give students the opportunity to use their computer skills to build almost anything they can imagine, allowing students to innovate with various materials, such as Corian, wood, and metal.

“I’m most appreciative that our CTAE department was able to step up and assist with the funding for this initiative,” Pinellas superintendent Michael A. Grego said. “The department’s willingness to provide funding will allow East Lake High students the chance to expand their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and will help prepare them for challenging careers after graduation.”

This is another great opportunity for East Lake students at the academy, which recently received national recognition by being designated as one of eleven PRIME Model Schools in the U.S. for teaching an exemplary manufacturing curriculum.  Additionally, East Lake is recruiting technology-minded middle school students to learn in this state-of-the-art engineering lab beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

About CTEF

Career Technical Education Foundation, Inc. (CTEF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational foundation created to work with and influence local educational systems through community and industry partnerships. CTEF is recognized nationally as a leader in building collaborative and supportive relationships between education, business and industry.  CTEF’s engineering program has been recognized as a top 10 national Project Lead the Way model school, designated a Center of Excellence by Pinellas County Schools, and selected nationally as a PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) STEM career academy in the U.S.   CTEF has implemented cyber security, engineering, and biomedical programs.  Visit www.careertechedfoundation.org for additional information.

About Haas Automation

Haas Automation, Inc. was founded in 1983, and has a 1.3 million square foot facility in Oxnard, California.  Haas is known as the leading machine tool builder in the United States.  With a reputation for high quality machine tools and an excellent reputation for customer service, Haas is the leading supplier of machine tools in North America.

About Pinellas County School’s Career Technical Adult Education

The mission of the office of Career Technical and Adult Education is to support highest student achievement through career preparation and lifelong learning.  CTAE provides the leadership to manage quality processes offering curriculum support and training through resource acquisition, professional education, information analysis and networking.

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