Illinois high school taps into national manufacturing network

By the Chicago Tribune

Dec 29, 2015

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For Michael Valdez, Paul Roszkowski and Adrian Ziemkiewicz, being students in an introductory metalworking and engineering class at Illinois' East Leyden High School is a step toward pursuing their passions in a field that requires creativity, innovation and skill.

The three emphasized that patience, precision and sensibility are crucial to mechanics, and their classes have taught them that in the real world, making a mistake can be costly and slow down production.

East Leyden is a part of the Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) Network, a resource to help high schools develop curricula that will better prepare students for the manufacturing workforce and receive some additional funding to purchase new tools, machines and equipment.

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