Whitehall School District receives $50,000 Fab Lab Grant


As teacher Drew Anderson got up to speak as the Whitehall School District accepted its $50,000 Fab Lab Grant, he was looking forward.

“This is just the beginning, we will continue to grow and do what it takes to provide our students with experiences necessary to an ever changing job market,” Anderson expressed in his speech.

To get his students well ahead of the curve, Anderson teaches 8th graders 3D modeling, a course normally first seen in high schools.

“We talk about this all the time, the comment of ‘you don’t know what you don’t know.’ (It’s) just giving these students just an idea of what is exactly out there, what the jobs are, and what they’ll be doing with these machines and equipment.”

Anderson’s work with his students was in part a reason the WEDC provided the grant.

“Just being able to offer the type of educational program in the community that is established here is outstanding and I think that’s caused a significant amount of consideration,” expressed Vice President of Sector Strategy for the WEDC, Vincent Rice.

“The way schools are funded today we can’t afford equipment like this, to provide the necessary opportunity for future education for kids, and to teach kids to think differently, to look at things differently, and to create,” elaborated Superintendent of Whitehall School District Mike Beighley.

While Anderson is appreciative of the grant, his goal is to still provide his students with the best potential jobs down the road.

“I think the idea is that our students get the best possible jobs available here; they live here and keep supporting the community to make it stronger.”

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