05 Dec Seeing is Believing!
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” If high school CTE departments had an anthem to describe the importance of what they do, this quote would wrap it up. When students have the opportunity to apply what they learn in a classroom to a real work environment, the gap between theory and practice is closed. It is not surprising that using real industry equipment is one of the most effective ways students gain skills highly valued by potential employers.
Industry leaders and educators work closely to determine which skills are needed for tomorrow’s labor demands so students are prepared when they leave high school. Because of these close relationships, students are able to tour plants like ones they will work in one day, job shadow, and do internships to try on a career.
Perhaps the most important way industries can assist students is by donating equipment to classrooms, where they can put theories into practice. Just how effective is the use of industry equipment to student learning? According to ACTEonline.org, 80% of Career and Technical educators say they would spend an increase in federal funding on new equipment for classrooms. The benefits of Career and Technical Education are enhanced when students are better engaged and able to work with equipment meeting workplace standards.
Gestamp, an invaluable industry partner of Pathways, did just this for the CTE students at Cleveland High School and Tyner Academy by donating FANUC robots and providing funding for instructors to be certified using the equipment. FANUC (Fuji Automatic NUmerical Control) Industrial robots are used around the world to assemble, manufacture, and remove materials, allowing for a more efficient and reliable manufacturing experience.
Students and teachers were thrilled to receive this generous gift, allowing them to put subject content into real-world context. They gave a presentation to Gestamp employees explaining how they are going to use the FANUC in the classroom. Afterward, students toured the Gestamp facility, seeing the manufacturing process in its entirety.
Gestamp’s donation is just one example of how industries can assist in closing the skills gap. Thank you, Gestamp, for leading the way in developing the future workforce!