Companies invest in future of Iowa High School manufacturing students

Large companies in the Quad Cities have stepped in to help supply a local high school manufacturing class with the materials they need.

North Scott High School offers a manufacturing class where students can learn different aspects of business. The class is divided up into four divisions: finance, marketing, design and production.

“We want to put the students in a real world manufacturing situation,” said industrial technology teacher David Linnenbrink. He said the ultimate goal was to have students learn the skills to go into a trade.

To help the students get the hands-on experience the class offers, companies like John Deere and Olympic Steel donated materials for them to use.

“Our budget is really thin right now and these supplies are very expensive,” said Linnenbrink.

Students use the materials to make and sell their own goods. In the spring 2018 semester the students were making hitch covers. The design was inspired by North Scott’s mascot, the Lancers. They cut them, weld them to a metal base and then use a painting process called hydrodipping to finish them off.

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