Tackling the Skills Gap in High School

Early exposure to robotics used in industrial applications is important to spark students’ interest in advanced automation careers. Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, Wis. is doing this by integrating two FANUC robots into its How Machines Work course. Instructor Dana McLaren heard from local industry leaders about their need for advanced automation workers to support the growing number of robots used. Through learning how to operate and program FANUC robots, many of the students, such as Aren Schiek, are furthering their knowledge of robots and even interning at local industrial businesses.

Watch more to learn about this unique high school program and how it plays an important role in solving the advanced automation skills gap.

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Caleb Begley APT Manufacturing

As an instructor, I appreciate the FANUC robot because it is an industry machine. It is something that they will see in industry. The students that we bring on field trips, they see the FANUC robots.

Dana Mclaren

Technology Education Teacher, Eisenhower High School