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The Beaver Dam High School fabrication lab will receive additional equipment thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has awarded $1 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment grants to 35 Wisconsin school districts for advanced manufacturing initiatives.

Many districts took this opportunity to add robotics, laser tools and 3-D printing capabilities to their curricula. Projects ranged from replacing 1970s-era tools with up-to-date CNC equipment, to outfitting labs with the equipment necessary to teach students skills such as computer-based milling and machining, metals fabrication, welding and engineering, design, drafting, modeling and prototyping.

“This grant enables school districts to update existing educational offerings, add new classes and increase capacity of career and technical education courses,” said DWD Secretary Ray Allen. “By supporting students learning high-demand technical skills while still in high school, Wisconsin supports an accelerated future workforce.”

The Wisconsin Fast Forward program encourages increased collaboration between Wisconsin’s workforce, employers, local or regional economic development organizations, workforce development boards, post-secondary institutions and private training providers to develop and execute business-led training programs.

Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reporter