February 04. 2013 9:00AM - Last modified: February 04. 2013 9:47AM

Second Chance launches manufacturing certificate pilot

  
Second Chance Partners for Education, a Pewaukee nonprofit that provides an alternative high school program in manufacturing, has started a pilot program for earning an advanced manufacturing certificate.


The Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Pathway, which began January 22, is provided in cooperation with Kettle Moraine School District, General Electric Waukesha Gas Engines, Generac Power Systems Inc. and Waukesha County Technical College.

The pathway provides real world work experience and transcripted post-secondary credits to students who want to pursue technical careers. Students will be based out of Generac’s Eagle facility and GE’s Waukesha location.

Seven juniors and five seniors from the Kettle Moraine School District are enrolled.

"We are committed to ensuring our graduates are prepared for college and career success in a wide range of occupations,” said Pat Deklotz, Kettle Moraine School District superintendent. “This pilot exposes students to career pathways inherent in manufacturing, including interests such as welding, fabrication, and manufacturing processes to advanced degree fields such as mechanical and electrical engineering."

Second Chance aims to give students an integrated learning experience, with academic standards linked to hands-on applications. The organizations goals include: Providing immersive learning environments within businesses, partnering with the manufacturing industry and educational institutions, instilling academic rigor, a strong work ethic and confidence in students and preparing students for meaningful careers and productive lives.

“This pilot allows us to explore ways that we can leverage our model to help more students and be a greater asset for the industry and regions we serve,” said Stephanie Borowski, Second Chance president.

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