MMCRU IT Program moves forward

Monday, October 30, 2017

MARCUS - The MMCRU Industrial Technology Program continues to partner with area industries to promote skilled trades careers.

The district's IT program has had an overwhelming amount of support from the communities within the district, as well as from area businesses that see the need to grow skilled trades training opportunities in the region.

The MMCRU Industrial Technology Program continues to partner with area industries to promote skilled trades careers and acquire necessary equipment such as this modern drill press.
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A recent example of the support for the program came in the form of two contributions, one from the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation, which awarded the MMCRU Industrial Technology Program a $5,000 grant to go towards manufacturing related equipment, and one from Custom Woodworks of Sioux City, which donated roughly $5,000 worth of sheet goods for student use in district's cabinetmaking program.

Travis Gingery of Custom Woodworks had this to say about his company's contribution to MMCRU, “ I will speak for my industry (Architectural Millwork), but I think most trades will agree. It is getting tougher and tougher to find young men and women who want work in this trade. It’s even tougher to find skilled labor. The network that we have between CWW and MMCRU is unmatched in Iowa. CWW and industry average will show that Architectural Millwork has a dying workforce.

“MMCRU has invested in development of young people in Industrial Arts. I believe I have some of the best craftsman in the country working here, with a very small pool of people to fill these shoes. It our job to foster these relationships whether they’re local or nationwide. We're setting young people up, at high school level, for success at MMRCU when they enter careers in Industrial Arts.”

The district's superintendent, Jan Brandhorst said this about the contributions from the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation. “On behalf of the MMCRU High School, I express my gratitude for the Legacy Grant our school received. These funds will be used to help build the legacy of our MMCRU Industrial Technology program. The timing of this project is spot on with the needs our society has today for skilled workers in the technology field. Thank you, again, for seeing the value in our vision.”

The 7-12 Industrial trades instructor Matt Hansen had this to say about the contributions. “These donations will make a tremendous impact on our industrial technology program as a whole, and we are proud to have such great organizations show support for our school. Our school district has been making some tremendous improvements to further facilitate the success and growth in our industrial trades program, and these contributions will help support this.

”The industrial trades program has created an outstanding amount of industry partnerships that support and facilitate learning opportunities within the industrial technology program, and Custom Woodworks and the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation are excellent examples of this.”

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