REDMOND, Ore., — Redmond High School's (RHS) Career Technical Education (CTE) manufacturing/engineering program recently received a $10,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation and Selway Machine Tool.
"This generous grant will enable Redmond High CTE students to participate in cutting edge programs that will prepare them for the next step after high school, whether that be college or a career in manufacturing," instructor Dan Kernion said.
Kernion heads up the manufacturing and technology program at RHS.
Of the funds, $2,000 was allocated to allow students to take the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification test. Skills in the metalworking industry are certified through the earning of NIMS credentials and obtaining this distinction may be a pathway to an excellent career for the students, Kernion explained.
NIMS certifications require both performance and theory exams. The performance portion includes the manufacturing of a part, the set-up and operation of a machine or the writing of a program that will manufacture a specific part.
Twenty three Redmond High students have passed and received their credentials for this nationally recognized certification.
Along with supporting high school education for manufacturing and engineering, the Gene Haas Foundation is the leading manufacturer of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tool technology in the country.
For more information about Redmond High’s CTE program, visit RHS CTE.