Precision Plus Sponsored Students from Six Area High Schools to Attend the 2014 IMTS in Chicago

Michael Reader

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, and it is attended by more than 100,000 people.

On September 8, 9, and 10, 2014, Precision Plus had the opportunity to sponsor a field trip for approximately 150  students representing six area high schools:  Big Foot H.S., Badger H.S., Delavan-Darien H.S., Union Grove H.S., Elkhorn Area H.S. and East Troy H.S.

The students had the opportunity to visit many booths, including companies that featured robotics, 3D printing and much more.

We have received several letters and emails from the schools educators attesting to the excitement of the kids after having the experience of going to the IMTS.

Precision Plus Participates in Delavan-Darien High School’s Technical Education Open House

Michael Reader

On May 29, 2014, Delavan Darien High School conducted a Technical Education Open House to showcase the projects developed and worked on by students throughout the year.

Butters engaging several of the Delavan Darien H.S. students about machining processes.

As part of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Committee, Precision Plus’s Barry Butters, as well as other committee members representing SPX, Mode Industries and Micro Precision, were on hand to provide support and talk to the students about the opportunities in manufacturing.

Students, parents, school administration, and board members attended the event. The CTE Committee is helping to build a strong cooperative effort, to provide meaningful opportunities for all of the students in the Delavan-Darien School District.

The Delavan-Darien School District is also proactively working “to revive challenging and rewarding learning options” for high school students who want to explore career paths. On April 16, 2014, it announced the return of the “Youth Apprenticeship Program.” Through this program, students will be able to get involved in industry apprenticeships (before, during, after school, or summer), as well as take targeted academic courses which are in line with their apprenticeship , and which will be available at the high school or at technical institutions or colleges.

The program, which is expected to begin with the 2014-2015 Fall Semester, will include a variety of career paths, such as agricultural science, food science, natural resources, architecture and construction, arts, audio/video technology, communications, finance, health science, hospitality/tourism, information technology, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and logistics.

Precision Plus commends the Delavan-Darien School District on its initiatives.