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Fill out a request, and as we can GDI will help you out. Here is just one of the teachers GDI helped out in April
Here is how it works.
- Dave Moser Turlock High School Industrial Arts
SCHOOL: Turlock High School
DESCRIBE YOUR NEED:
Turlock High School opened its doors over 100 years ago. Spanning this 100 years, the Metal Shop program has been and continues to be an integral part of the schools Industrial Arts Department.
The curriculum for the Metal Shop Program includes the following 1) Shop Safety Practices, 2) Welding proficiencies, 3) Sheet metal skills, 4) Forging skills and 5) Machinery skills (lathe and mill operations) The curriculum is paced to be completed in four years.
Due to the financial cutbacks that the Industrial Arts Department has made local businesses have been the lifeline to help keep our Metal Shop Program up and running. For example Wilkey Sheet Metal provides us with their companys scrap and damaged metal. Hypower Hydraulics also donates scrap aluminum round stock for students machining projects.
This years budget allowed for 1,400 dollars to be spent on the program. This amount will be completely spent on the consumable expenses of the program. Fuel gases (oxygen, acetylene), safety equipment (safety glasses, ear plugs) and fabrication fasteners. These are the bare-bones supplies of this â€œlearn-by-doing vocational program.
As an instructor, it is frustrating that many of the shop tools that are used for particular skills have not been able to be repaired nor replaced due to the lack of funding. Some of these tools would be beads for the bead blaster, carbides for the lathe and mill cutters, micrometers and dial calipers and drill bits. With your financial assistance, I would once again be able to model and teach, and more importantly students would be able to practice the particular skills associated with this equipment.
In closing, our Metal Shop Program may continue to be financially challenged. However, the need for vocational education and the desire of those students who want to learn marketable skills will hopefully be the rationale for programs like ours to prevail. Thank you and I hope you will consider Turlock Metal Shop as a recipient of one of your grants!
Metal Shop Instructor
Industrial Arts Department
Turlock High School