Zane Trace is among eight high schools nationwide to receive new equipment and educational material from a U.S. based manufacturer that specializes in plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems and software.
Hypertherm's annual Spark Something Great Education Grant is now in its third year. The grant program aims to get the latest plasma technology into schools so the next generation of metalworkers can train on the equipment they will find once entering the workforce.
Two other high schools, one in Mexico, the other in Canada, were also selected for the grant.
“We are excited to get our systems into the hands of students who would not have the opportunity to learn plasma without a program like this,” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “Of particular note this year, none of our 10 grant recipients had a working plasma so it’s gratifying to know these students can now cut, gouge, and mark using a system as versatile as the Powermax45 XP.”
Each school will receive a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma system as well as a plasma cutting curriculum kit. The schools will also receive in-person training from a Hypertherm cutting expert.
Zane Trace is the only school in Ohio to be selected for the grant.