• Wed. Nov 29th, 2023

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Oak Ridge High School students to build pieces for local companies

Bruce Borchers

The Oak Ridge Board of Education has voted to purchase equipment and get grant funding to help students in Oak Ridge schools learn vocational technology skills and build parts for local companies.

The board purchased the new equipment — a water jet cutting system and a Smartshop CNC router — with the $1.24 million Innovative High School or iSchool Grant that Oak Ridge Schools received from the state of Tennessee last year. 

An additional, separate SySTEM grant, if the school system receives it, will allow the school to further expand the program.

Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers and Holly Cross, supervisor of career readiness and communications, told the school board that the students won’t just be learning to build items in this vocational manufacturing program. They’ll be selling parts to local companies.


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