LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Friday applauded Alpena Public Schools for earning a $400,000 state grant for the purchase of equipment for a mechatronics and design lab and a computer lab.
“Having a talented workforce with the training and skills needed for new jobs is critical in attracting new businesses and investment to Michigan,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “This grant will help give more Alpena students educational options to receive work-based learning that can prepare them for success in high-demand careers.”
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation and Equipment Grants from the Michigan Department of Education allow districts to obtain equipment to expand CTE programs in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics, computer numerical control machining, and welding.
Alpena Public Schools plans to become the first school district in Michigan to offer Algebra I with Manufacturing Processes, Entrepreneurship and Design. Students will operate a business running an advanced fabrication lab customizing textile products and manufacturing items comprised of wood, metal and plastic.
“I applaud Alpena Public Schools for earning this grant to create an innovative class that will give their students a one-of-a-kind learning experience,” Stamas said. “This is the type of career and technical education opportunity that can be a tremendous benefit to area students and the community while also helping Michigan meet the growing demand for top talent.”