Hello and welcome back to kenbaxter.com! I am Ken Baxter and today is Thursday, December 12th, 2013. I have some very exciting news to share with you, dear readers! Made in America and Ken and Linda Baxter Family Foundation, and my lovely wife Linda and I have just completed our first technical equipment donation to Mojave High School in North Las Vegas, Nevada! Please read on to find out more about our special event!
Mojave High School is one of five target at-risk Clark County High Schools that are expanding their career and technical education programs to bridge the skills gap and improve high school graduation rates, as well as lead the way for the next generation to acquire more American manufacturing jobs. We are so grateful that we have received two major contributions to the Made in America foundation: one from The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers and one from John and Ruth Ahlbrand.
Made in America’s grants and donations will be used to fund the expansion of career and technical education programs designed to inspire high school students learning about job skills and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The five target high schools are Canyon Springs, Cimarron-Memorial, Legacy, Mojave and Palo Verde. Our first donation went to Mojave High School, based on their need for equipment and to allow them to expand their educational program.
Marcus Prater, Executive Director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, released this statement in regards to their donation to help fund our program – “We are glad to assist Made in America’s Education Programs to support career skill building and STEM high school programs.” The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufactures is proud to represent a sector of the worldwide gaming industry that makes significant contributions to Nevada, U.S. and global economies.
My lovely wife Linda had this to say about our non-profit organization in regards to the importance of education and manufacturing -“Made in America is dedicated to rebuilding the very industries that built this great nation. Manufacturing is the backbone of this country, the very engine of our economy. Made in America’s education programs will rekindle relationships between schools and business by providing turnkey prototypes solutions. The failure to complete high school education is directly linked to the person’s income, which affects the individual’s quality of life.”
Made in America was delighted to present Las Vegas’ Mojave High School with their first MakerBot 3D Printer (Replicator 2) and Scanner (Digitizer) at a media event yesterday, December 11th, 2013 which was broadcast on Las Vegas’s own Fox 5 News and also in attendance, David McElwain, Clark County School District’s Coordinator of Career and Technical Education. Also in attendance, and special thanks to, Stephen Sifuentes, of Senator Dean Heller’s office, and Dr. Clifford McClain of UNLV.
Made in America’s partnerships will be more important than ever in the years just ahead, as we strive to achieve Made in America’s goal, mission, strategic direction and unsurpassed commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, workforce training, America job creation, and innovation.
What a wonderful feeling and an amazing accomplishment for our team who has worked so hard to make this donation possible, and continues to work towards achieving many more accomplishments of this magnitude.
Please stay tuned for more events to come and also, please keep in mind that even a 5% increase in Domestic Spending will create over 2 million jobs, so let’s continue to buy American and support our economy, American manufacturer’s, and our students of tomorrow!
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