The Technology and Manufacturing Association continues to invest in students and local high schools through its education foundation. In 2018, TMA has approved nine grants to local high schools totaling $213,000.
Three of the nine checks have been presented so far. TMA presented John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights with $8,994 for a milling and a lathe machine, gave $32,000 to Homewood-Flossmoor High School to update its manufacturing and welding classes and gave $22,000 to Cary-Grove High School for two new lathe machines.
“At the time, we had one mill collecting dust and a broken lathe in our shop. Since then, with TMA’s support, our program has developed [a] much stronger and more purposefully designed manufacturing program,” Cary-Grove’s Industrial Technology Department Head Michael Manning said.
TMA Education Foundation Chairman Bob Clifford conveyed the need for manufacturing and technology training at the high school level and stressed that the skills the students learn will set them on a rewarding career path.
Due to the deepening skills gap affecting the industry across the United States, teachers and parents are encouraging the younger generation to consider a career in precision manufacturing.
To meet this need, high schools are seeking help from industry leaders – and that is where the TMA Education Foundation steps in.
“With our program numbers growing to almost 200 students, we see a need to offer all of our engineering classes with manufacturing in mind,” Hersey High School’s Manufacturing and Engineering program coordinator Rich Hyde said.
TMA’s Education Foundation started in 1987 with the vision to increase awareness of manufacturing careers in high schools, promote manufacturing careers and encourage manufacturing technology training.
The TMA Education Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million in machinery, software, equipment, awards, competitions, instructors, research, credentialing and scholarships.
Founded in 1925, the Technology & Manufacturing Association represents and supports manufacturers in the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding counties in northern Illinois, northern Indiana, and southern Wisconsin.
TMA has almost 1,000 members and represents more than 32,000 employees and nearly 26 million square feet of manufacturing in Illinois.