Hutchinson EDA Launches Major Workforce Initiative

Hutchinson EDA Allocates up to $300,000 for High School CTE Center; Launches Fundraising Effort

 The Hutchinson Economic Development Authority has announced a major initiative to address the need for skilled workforce in the community.

The EDA Board of Directors voted recently to launch an effort to raise $700,000 to completely re-equip the Career & Technical Education (CTE) area at Hutchinson High School. ISD 423 will set aside $100,000 for the initiative, and the EDA will match dollar-for-dollar all other donations up to $300,000.

“Our local manufacturers need skilled workers.” explained EDA Director Miles Seppelt. To get those workers we need to dispel the old stereotypes of manufacturing. By providing state-of-the-art equipment to train on, students will see what 21st century manufacturing really looks like.”

New equipment will include CNC (computer numerical control) mills and lathes, new welders & welding simulators, equipment for computer aided drafting, engineering, robotics and automation, plus new equipment for the building trades and vehicle mechanics fields.

 “We’re going to have one the most advanced career & technical training facilities in all of Minnesota.” noted EDA President Steve Jansick. “Our goal is to inspire young people to pursue high-paying careers in manufacturing.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average wage for all manufacturing jobs in the United States in 2012 was over $62,000 annually, with benefits adding even more.

In the upcoming weeks the EDA will be engaging the local manufacturing community for additional support of this effort.

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