Arrowhead looks to reach $385K goal for tech education equipment

TOWN OF MERTON — Since launching the "High Tech High" initiative last spring, Arrowhead High School has reached 55% of its $385,000 goal to purchase CNC equipment.

"Every time a new piece of technology is implemented into our program it changes our capabilities," said Anthony Christian, Arrowhead manufacturing and engineering instructor. "It brings energy, momentum, and excitement to students in the projects and skills they develop. We have had tremendous support from our business partners to make the changes in the pursuit of engaging students."

The goal is to purchase five CNC machines to complement their curriculum and excite students with modern manufacturing. The curriculum is tailored in partnership with local employers in the manufacturing and automation industries, producing graduates with in-demand skillsets.

"CNC equipment helps to make parts much faster and more accurate than making them manually," said One Jacobsen, an Arrowhead manufacturing student. "I hope Arrowhead continues to bring modern equipment into our labs because that will help me develop skills and knowledge to be a better employee for a manufacturing company."

Mark Sellers, founder of MGS, helped Arrowhead High School gain traction with the initiative by providing a matching grant through the MGS Foundation. The MGS Foundation was established in 2002 to provide financial assistance to students and educational institutions through scholarships and equipment donations. The following companies have committed to help Arrowhead High School's manufacturing and automation program through donations matching the MGS Foundation of $20,000 over the next five years:

- MGS Foundation: $20,000 for five years

- D& H Industries: $5,000 for five years

- Bradley Corporation: $5,000 for five years

- Frentzel Products: $2,500 for five years

- Brelie Gear: $2,500 for five years

- Bryant Products: $2,500 for five years

- Integrity Wire EDM: $2,500 for five years

- Dorner Manufacturing: $1,000 for five years

- Dynamic Tool: $1,000 for five years

- Sjoberg: $1,000 for five years The faculty and students of Arrowhead High School wish to thank the business partners who have contributed to the High Tech High Initiative.

Arrowhead High School continues to look for support to complete this initiative. If you are interested in partnering, please contact Tech Ed Department Lead Teacher Anthony Christian at Christian@arrowheadschools. org for more information.

Via: Waukesha Freeman