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Technical Education Classrooms Evolve Over The Summer

By Michael Lambrecht, Principal, Columbus Catholic High/Middle Schools

This summer we started renovations to our Technical Education Area. We started in May with the help of many volunteers cleaning out the shop and inventorying all the equipment.  All the asbestos tile was removed and abated.  Throughout the summer a new epoxy floor and new lights were installed, the shop was painted, and electrical work was done.  Many new items have been purchased including a new planer and a CNC plasma cutter (thanks to a $15,000 donation from H&S Manufacturing).  This is still a work in progress as we are still waiting on a few more items.  

We thank everyone who has donated or volunteered to make the upgrades to our Tech Ed are including the following student volunteers:  Keller Bredemann, Alex Edwards, Carlos Hackel, Brody Haupt, Aubrey Lambrecht, Connor Lang, Nathan Nemitz, Andrew Scheer, Isaac Scheer, Brock Wieland and Gwen Wieland.  We also had the following adult volunteers helping out as well:  Cody Casperson of Stainless & Repair; Kylan Hastreiter of Hastreiter Industries; Nate Lang of Lang Equipment; Randy Schueller and Mary Jo Wheeler-Schueller of Wheelers Chevrolet-Buick-GMC; Lori Wieland of Columbus Catholic Schools, and myself.  Additional thanks goes to Draxler Transport for donating the use of a semi-trailer for us to store items in while our renovations were underway all summer.

We have also hired a full-time Tech. Ed teacher, Mr. Hoernke, to teach middle and high school classes.  We have a greater class selection for our students to provide more opportunities for our students to gain the skills needed to prepare them for careers after high school.

This is a work in progress and the plan is to continue to make upgrades as needed.  We look forward to continuing to work with area business and community members to grow and make improvements to the program.