FMCSD gets $150K in CTE grants

Funds will help boost career programs at high school


FORT MADISON, IA — The Fort Madison Community School District has received several grants that will enhance its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for students. The funds will be used to provide students with valuable industry-recognized credentials to enhance their career readiness in high-demand fields.
The grants, totaling $158,246.32 in funding, include the following:
● Hunter Automotive Technologies Grant: The district received $56,409.65 from Hunter Automotive Technologies to enable students to acquire industry-recognized credentials. Specifically, the students will gain hands-on experience in wheel balancing and tire changing, preparing them for careers in automotive service and repair.
● OSHA 10 Certification: Students enrolled in CTE fields will benefit from a grant of $10,419.98 that will allow them to obtain OSHA 10 certification for workplace safety and compliance.
● Snap-on Precision Measurement Instruments and Hand Tool Identification: A $51,663.79 grant will support students in mastering the use of Snap-on precision measurement instruments and hand tools. Students will learn the importance of safety and proper usage in technical fields.
● Beef Quality Assurance: A $31,498 grant will give students the opportunity to gain certification in Beef Quality Assurance. These students will enhance their knowledge of best practices in animal husbandry and food safety.
● American Heart Association: A $8,264.90 grant will support students in obtaining certifications from the American Heart Association in life-saving techniques such as CPR, Basic Life Support, and First Aid.
“These grants represent a major investment in our students’ futures,” said Dr. Erin Slater, Superintendent.
“Gaining real-world, hands-on experience while still in high school sets up our students up for success in their future careers. These grants will allow us to further enhance our existing CTE courses, providing students with valuable credentials that will help them develop the skills and knowledge needed to excel in a variety of fields.”
Fort Madison CSD offers a variety of career pathways for high school students, including agricultural sciences, welding, family and consumer sciences, business, and industrial technology. These pathways allow students to explore career options, gain practical experience, and participate in work-based learning while in high school.
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