JLG Donates Weld Bend Tester to CASHS Welding Classroom
In a continued partnership between JLG and the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS), JLG donated a weld bend tester to the CASHS Welding and Small Engine Repair facilities on Thursday, April 22. The donation event featured remarks from Brad Ocker, principal at CASHS, Dr. Dion Betts, Superintendent of Schools at CASD, and Andy Tacelosky, COO at JLG. The event was attended by several CASD administrators, teachers, students, and JLG representatives.
The partnership between CASHS and JLG began four years ago, after a Human Resource Representative from JLG, located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Brad Ocker, principal at CASHS, met to discuss the current workforce needs regarding manufacturing. The discussion quickly focused on how CASHS could provide JLG future welders and fabricators and how JLG could provide current CASHS students real-life school-to-work job training. As the conversation continued, both quickly realized how a partnership between JLG and CASHS was exactly what students needed as they navigated their future career options.
The next few months, JLG and CASHS worked together to formulate a plan to have seniors begin their school day working at JLG for school-to-work credit, as well as on the job paid training. By the conclusion of year one, JLG hired five CASHS graduating seniors. This partnership not only developed a career pathway for students, but also provided a strong foundation for job coaching and mentoring.
Today, the partnership with JLG and CASHS has gained momentum through the support of the CASD, CASHS community and JLG representatives. JLG is now looking to expand their school-to-work partnership with CASHS by recruiting: welders, fabricators, mechanics/assembly, maintenance tech, fabrication techs, production supervisors, and industrial engineers.
The Chambersburg Area School District thanks JLG for their generous donation and continued support of our students and community.