Foshay career-technical program wins $10,000 grant to support SkillsUSA members

Foshay career-technical program wins $10,000 grant to support SkillsUSA members

The Manufacturing Robotics and Engineering Academy at Foshay Learning Center has an active SkillsUSA chapter, which has supported students in leadership and skills competitions.

The nonprofit Arconic Foundaton has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Manufacturing Robotics and Engineering Academy at Foshay Learning Center, so it can provide students the opportunity to participate in activities sponsored by SkillsUSA, a national career and technical student organization.

Foshay MRE Academy, which offers career and technical education courses, has an active SkillsUSA chapter that supports students in regional and statewide events and competitions.

“We are grateful to the Arconic Foundation-SkillsUSA Manufacturing Education Initiative for including us in their grant program,” said Darryl Newhouse, who teaches math and robotics at Foshay MRE Academy. “Thanks to their support, our students will be able to showcase their achievements by participating in SkillsUSA leadership and skills competitions.”

The initiative was developed to promote interest in manufacturing-related or technical careers. The Manufacturing Institute reports that the U.S. manufacturing sector employees more than 12 million Americans and constitutes the world’s eighth-largest economy.

“Many students and parents have an outdated perception of employment in the manufacturing industry and do not realize there are many high-skill and high-wage positions that offer very rewarding careers,” said Paul Watters, project manager for the Arconic Foundation-SkillsUSA manufacturing Education Initiative in Southern California.

“SkillsUSA leadership education and skills competitions expose students to industry professionals and industry standards, thereby providing insight into career opportunities,” he said.

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