New Funding for Brockway School District to Prepare Students for Manufacturing Careers 

New funding has been awarded to Brockway Area School District through Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC) to better prepare students for a career in machining or manufacturing after graduation.

The $25,092 in MTTC funding will be used to purchase a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router, which will allow Brockway Jr./Sr. High School to provide their students with real world, hands-on experience using the machines and programs they will encounter in an industrial setting. The CNC router will aid students in acquiring new skills while improving and reinforcing skills they currently use in class, such as programming, engineering, woodworking, plotting, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and more. In addition, the CNC router will allow students to improve upon the aesthetics and functionality of projects they have already created.

“Even though Brockway is a small rural school, we are able to give our students a new experience that will help them be better prepared to enter the workforce or a trade school,” said Brockway Area School District agriculture education teacher Kyle Norman. “Thanks to this grant, our students can get the necessary training to be competitive in the job market after high school.”

Brockway Jr./Sr. High School works closely with industries and their community through their school to work program. The manufacturing and woodworking industries specifically have a need for highly skilled, experienced individuals to operate machinery. All aspects of manufacturing in these industries rely heavily on CNC controlled machines.

Training-to-Career grants support projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement, or the advancement of manufacturing. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Grant program works collaboratively with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills for entry-level applicants seeking manufacturing employment, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and or advance capacity for local or regional manufacturers.