Village Grant to Bolster Elk Grove High School Workforce Development Initiatives
Elk Grove Village officials today announced that it is providing a $100,000 grant to the District 214 Education Foundation to assist in the modernization and expansion of Elk Grove High School’s Fabrication Lab, which allows students the ability to learn advance manufacturing skills on the precision machinery used in today’s manufacturing sector. Village officials say the grant is one facet of the Village’s overall efforts to strengthen the local workforce through education.
The Elk Grove High School Fabrication Lab currently houses industry standard equipment to allow students to learn how to work with metal, wood and other materials. Equipment such as manual mills and lathes, a Haas CNC mill and lathe, plasma cutter, welding equipment and various saw and grinders all provide students the opportunity to learn real-world skills and industry credentials while still in high school.
Mayor Johnson, in announcing the grant at the 7th annual “Made in Elk Grove” Manufacturing and Technology Expo, said that the best way to ensure businesses have access to a skilled and dedicated workforce is to strengthen the talent pool in Elk Grove Village, which is home to 5,600 businesses in fields including manufacturing, technology, logistics, food service, and fulfillment sectors.
“We are supporting Elk Grove High School with this grant because we see so much opportunity on both sides of this equation,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson. “Manufacturers and high-tech companies rely on a strong local workforce. We want them looking to Elk Grove first. High school students seeking careers in manufacturing, robotics, technology or logistics have a wealth of employment opportunities right here in Elk Grove. So, this grant supports students first, but our local employers will also benefit.”
The funds will help the high school expand the footprint of the lab, purchase modern equipment and provide even more student opportunities as the program expands.
"This generous gift is just the latest example of the amazing partnership we share with Elk Grove Village, Mayor Johnson, and the Village Board. Elk Grove High School is proud to be part of the 'Makers Wanted' movement, and we are dedicated to developing the 21st century skills of our young people so they can strengthen our exceptional community for generations to come."