The Alcona industrial arts program is getting students involved in hands-on learning through placed based education in their local community! Woodshop students are visiting local industrial shops to learn more about the function and role they play in their local community and the industry as a whole. These visits allow students the meet actual employees of the company; which has given them the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about an industrial shop career from actual individuals working in that field.
Another highlight of the student’s visits is learning about the equipment and machinery each shop uses. The Alcona industrial arts program recently purchased a CNC (computer numeric control) machine; which is the type of machinery industrial shops use. This machine will allow students interested in pursuing an industrial shop career the opportunity to gain experience and the necessary skills required before they enter the workforce. Another highlight of this machinery is that it allows the industrial arts program the opportunity to further assist placed based education projects currently taking place in their school, by giving students the opportunity to design and build custom signs.