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Welding Students Give to Oshkosh School

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It’s blue, shiny, stands tall, and is always ready to inform. The new reader board sign in front of Oaklawn Elementary School in Oshkosh is the result of several area organizations coming together to help the school display important messages to parents and the community.

Students from Fox Valley Technical College’s Production Welding program in the college’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Oshkosh designed and built the aluminum sign. The five and half- by nearly eight-foot reader board features the Oaklawn logo, mission statement, adequate space for messages, and a floral planter with some students’ handprints.

“The project exemplifies the spirit of many organizations that came together to show how much they care about our school’s community of students, teachers, staff, and parents,” notes Oaklawn principal Laura Jackson. “The craftsmanship of this beautiful sign is something Fox Valley Tech and all the partners should be proud of, and we are excited to use the new sign to display key messages about the school.”

Several partners joined FVTC in the effort, including Gemini Plastics, Muza Metal Products, Lapham-Hickey Steel, the Oaklawn Parent Teacher Organization, Oaklawn students and staff, and the Steve Lemmens family. Steve is a graduate of FVTC’s Production Welding program in Oshkosh and served as the coordinator of the project.

In a time when budget cuts are posing challenges to various levels of public education, collaborations between businesses and educational institutions play a greater role in society than ever before. The learning experience also serves as a product development model through integrating resources between private and public sectors, hands-on applications in manufacturing production processes, and effective written and oral communications, to name a few.

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