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Moline-Coal Valley will showcase the high school’s new CNC lab, including state-of-the art lathes, mills and other features, at an open house Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The public is invited to attend the event from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moline High School, 3600 Avenue of the Cities, Moline. Attendees are asked to park and enter at the southeast corner of the building, near the baseball diamond.

Prior to the open house, program sponsors, business partners and staff will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. According to the district, the lab was supported by gifts and support from the Harris Family Charitable Giving Trust, Chris Ontiveros, John Deere Cylinder Division, The Moline Foundation, Moline Public Schools Foundation, and Title I federal grant funds.

According to a district release, Moline-Coal Valley students have had the opportunity to take courses in the new CNC lab since the 2019 school year began. The high school has created a course and program for CNC, which stands for Computer Numerical Control Manufacturing. This is an effort, the release states, to prepare students to fulfill the national and local industry demands. The release states 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled over the next decade.

Attendees of the open house will view the state-of-the-art lab equipment, including CNC lathes and mills, and FANUC simulator stations. According to the district, the lab’s equipment will provide students with a “full complement of skills and hands-on practice with machining and programming machines for industry-level production.”

Moline High School students who take courses in the lab may qualify for one of 12 apprenticeships with local businesses in the manufacturing industry. Those who successfully complete the high school coursework will earn an introductory CNC machining certificate from Black Hawk College. Those who complete all apprenticeship competencies will be Department of Labor certified as CNC Set-Up Programmer for Milling and Turning.

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