Surgeons of Steel Start a Trend in Education for Careers
It began during a meeting at the Eigerlab between Dave Morgan, Techworks Business Development and Chris Magee, Science teacher at Eisenhower Middle School. The discussions led to a shared vision: “how to get students interested in manufacturing”? Why middle school? Give the younger students the experiences of touring manufacturing companies and institutions of higher learning to better understand the opportunities available in careers in manufacturing.
These early discussions led to the Introduction to Manufacturing series conducted by Sandvik Coromant, the world leader in cutting tools technology. The 45 minute introduction was held at REA, Lincoln and Eisenhower. Magee took the Introduction a few more steps and today, they officially kicked off the Surgeons of Steel initiative with a press conference that included all of the hand selected thirty-plus students and speakers.
Ehren Jarrett, Assistant Superintendent of Schools commented “this is what education in District 205 should look like; Sundstrand has 50 “badge ready” jobs open right now”. He was pleased that this initiative included students, teachers and the community.
Eisenhower Principal Jeff Carlson commented “this initiative is an important step in the districts Readiness Rocks program. Eisenhower are middle school leaders in forging a new path in education for careers”.
In summarizing the event, Morgan outlined the next steps for the Surgeons; field trips to Sundstrand, GE Aviation and Eclipse where they will see technology in actual practice. Then a visit to the University of Illinois Engineering school followed by a trip to Chicago. The Chicago trip will include a visit to the Sandvik Technology Center and the Mori Seiki University. Mori Seiki is a world class machine tool builder and has their equipment installed in numerous locations through the Rockford area.
Career Education Associates of North Central Illinois (CEANCI) provided all the funding for the various trips. In all reality, a low cost way of getting some valuable education.
All the students wore their new T-shirts with the Surgeons logos on the back, courtesy of Sandvik Coromant; “wear them with pride” said Craig Diamond of Sandvik. Magee commented that Morgan and the Sandvik team were “part of the Eisenhower family” and presented them with a school EMS T-shirt.
When they all go visiting, it will be quite a spectacle to see them wearing their respective shirts!
This is the beginning of a program that will spread throughout District 205 and hopefully throughout the region. When we talk about educating the youth for manufacturing, this program puts the action into the words!
Left: The Surgeons of Steel
The back of their T-Shirts