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Grant will add CNC lathe to Learning Center

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2016

Huntington North High School is one of several beneficiaries of the $1.345 million Skill UP Indiana grant awarded to Northeast Indiana.

The grant request, which outlined manufacturing and skilled trades training and equipment initiatives, was prepared by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Northeast Indiana Works. Huntington North High School collaborated with regional officials and will receive approximately $45,000 to purchase a computerized numeric control (CNC) lathe.

“This will allow our precision machining students to take what they are learning on our manual lathes and advance to the next step of CNC skills,” precision machining teacher Brian Murray said. “This equipment will allow our students to be even more competitive in the workforce.”

“We are delighted with the grant reward,” said Ryan Twiss, director of regional initiatives for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

“For years, education and training providers in Northeast Indiana have rallied around the region’s Big Goal Collaborative, which aims to increase the percentage of residents with a degree or credential to 60 percent. Today’s announcement is a powerful example of how regional collaboration and alignment under common outcomes can have a major impact in our community.

“By helping create and align education and training programs, the Skill UP grant will go a long way toward accelerating Northeast Indiana’s pursuit of its Big Goal.”

The CNC lathe will be housed at Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Vocational Technical Center, future home of the Huntington County Community Learning Center. The CNC lathe will be used by both high school students seeking industry certifications, as well as adult learners who utilize the Learning Center for trainings.