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Checking in with EAHS SkillsUSA Team

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From left to right: Anthony Alagna, Nick Flock, Mike Reader, Cade Fink, Jack Flitcroft, Fred Ganter and Mark Beilman

This past spring, Mr. Fred Ganter of Elkhorn Area High School (EAHS), along with some of his SkillsUSA team members, made a presentation to Precision Plus requesting support to help them attend and compete at the National SkillsUSA competition June 19-23, in Louisville, Kentucky. Mike Reader committed to helping the team, and this week the group of high school seniors returned to accept the check, report back on the competition, and discuss their post-graduation goals. Also, to show their gratitude, the students presented Precision Plus with a branded cornhole game set they made in the recently upgraded EAHS Technical Education Department. 

Rocket into Manufacturing

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Gateway Technical College (GTC) held its “Rocket into Manufacturing” summer day camp last week. The course was open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and was taught by GTC CNC Instructor, Rich Shouse. This class was a good way for middle school students to learn more about the manufacturing industry and obtain real hands-on experience.

Welcoming Our 2017 Summer Interns

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Please join Precision Plus in welcoming our 2017 summer interns. We continue to have great success with our internship program, and we are excited to introduce to you this year’s outstanding group of individuals.

Justin Ferrari is a senior at Elkhorn Area High School (EAHS), and he has been with us this past year as a Youth Apprentice in machining. In July, he will be entering Gateway Technical College’s CNC High School Boot Camp program. Justin will return to Precision Plus in January for his mentorship in this program.

Tyler Daehn is a senior at EAHS and has been with us this past year as a Youth Apprentice in IT. He will continue in this capacity for the summer and has elected to pursue a second year apprenticeship with Precision Plus for the next school year.

Carson Filko is a senior at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Carson is entering his fourth summer with us, and he will be working exclusively on projects led by our manufacturing engineer. Scheduled projects include incorporating our new Sawyer Robot onto our manufacturing floor and other process improvement projects.

Matt Dowell is a junior at UW-Platteville, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Matt is entering his fourth summer at Precision Plus, and along with Carson, will be exclusively working on projects led by our manufacturing engineer.

William Sanchez graduated from EAHS and spent the last year with Precision Plus as a Youth Apprentice. He will be joining us full time for the summer before he leaves for Blackhawk Technical College.

Alden Filko is a junior at MSOE, pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. Alden is starting his fourth summer with us and will be working in the Miyano department. Although Alden is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering, he says the hands-on experience at Precision Plus is very beneficial.

Rachel Hunter is a sophomore at MSOE, and she is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Rachel is a Precision Plus scholarship recipient, and this is her first summer with us.

Max Rutowski is a sophomore at UW-Platteville, where he is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. This is Max’s first summer at Precision Plus. He is from the Greenfield, Wisconsin area, and he is excited to gain some quality machining experience.

Kathryn Lieffrig is a junior at Iowa State University, pursuing a degree in industrial engineering. Kathryn is spending her first summer at Precision Plus this year, and she is looking to gain valuable experience to bring back to the classroom.

Isaac Taylor is a senior at EAHS, and this is his first summer with us. He had such a positive experience taking the new machining and manufacturing classes at EAHS, and he is looking forward to expanding on what he has learned.

Jake Starr is a senior at East Troy High School. He spent the last year here as a Youth Apprentice in machining. He will be working full time in the CAM department, and plans to continue his second year as a Youth Apprentice next year.

We always look forward to the summer interns arriving, along with the fresh ideas and burst of energy they bring with them. From their experience, they will gain knowledge, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, and assess their interests and abilities.

Employers have much to gain from internship programs, as well. These programs are an excellent way for companies in our industry to accomplish tasks and projects that have been pushed aside for lack of time. Having interns at your place of business is also an ideal way to facilitate success in our industry, as we provide valuable training and mentorship for these students. We have learned over the years that good interns can turn out to be some of the best full time employees.

If your business is interested in learning more about youth apprenticeship and internship programs in Wisconsin, read more at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/ and   http://wisconsinfastforward.com/pdf/icp_waw_wrapup_1702.pdf.

Visit From Phoenix Middle School

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We always enjoy inviting students to Precision Plus to show them what an advanced manufacturing facility really looks like, as well as the career opportunities that can be available to them in the future. Earlier this week, we welcomed 32 seventh grade math students from Phoenix Middle School in Delavan.

Change Your Game: The New PMPA Education Foundation Website

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Today we celebrate the launch of the new PMPA Education Foundation website featuring the “Change Your Game” video. This project was commissioned by our industry foundation to raise awareness of the rewarding career opportunities in machining, and manufacturing in general. We are targeting an audience combined of students, educators, parents, and elected officials. You can visit the website at http://changeyourgame.careers/. 

Learning to Benefit From Apprenticeship Programs

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Mark Beilman, Director of Education & Training, and Barb Cates, HR Administrator, recently attended “Building Your Talent Pipeline Through Apprenticeship” at Blackhawk Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton, Wisconsin. The event included a presentation from Cindy Anderson & Tracy Jallah from the Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards.

Investing in the Future Workforce – EAHS Technical Education

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In the spring of 2015, the community of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was asked to vote on a school referendum to the tune of $20,420,000.  This was a serious decision for voters in the midst of much economic uncertainty, but the community responded with 62.8% of the votes in favor of the school investment that would update the infrastructure, most notably, the reinvestment in the Technical Education wing of the high school building.

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