Leading Schools Series: Clinton Community College Pioneers New Models for the Industrial Arts

Clinton Community College, a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, isn’t a traditional community college. Located just outside of Plattsburgh, New York and overlooking Lake Champlain, the school is redefining what it means to be a community college.

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Leading Schools Series: Cub Manufacturing Joins Revolution of Work-Based Learning Programs

  Roger Williams first encountered Craig Cegielski at an October 2014 conference for plastics manufacturers in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cegielski was delivering a presentation on Cardinal Manufacturing, the revolutionary industrial arts program he started at Eleva-Strum Central High School in Strum, Wisconsin. Williams, president of the Indiana-based Royer Corporation, was in…

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Leading School Series: University of Wisconsin-Stout, Educating the Educators

  Schools like the University of Wisconsin at Stout are addressing the other side of the skills-gap equation. If public schools are going to bring back the trades, then they’ll need educators to teach them. The university’s Emerging Center for Career and Technical Education Excellence seeks to “serve the career…

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Leading Schools Series: Iowa’s Rocket Manufacturing, a Student-Run Business

Like Cardinal Manufacturing in Strum, Wisconsin, Rocket Manufacturing in Rock Valley, Iowa takes “hands-on learning” to a whole new level. Both programs run actual manufacturing businesses with real clients, providing students with work experience in the trades before they even graduate from high school.

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Leading Schools Series: Wisconsin School Runs a Manufacturing Business Within its Doors 

Machine shop training in public high schools has dwindled nationally either because of a lack of funding or no funding at all. So in 2006, instructor Craig Cegielski approached the Eleva-Strum School Board in Strum, Wisconsin with an odd request. Rather than asking for money, Cegielski instead requested permission to launch an in-school manufacturing business.

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