At a presentation held at Woodford County High School (WCHS), CLARK Material Handling Company, a Lexington-based forklift manufacturer, announced an initiative in partnership with WCHS designed to better prepare students to be career-ready in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics or “STEAM”.
CLARK has pledged to support WCHS’s excellent teaching and administrative teams with real-life industry expertise, training and internship opportunities. At the event, attended by members of CLARK’s senior management team as well as WCHS students, faculty and administrators, CLARK presented a variety of equipment and material in support of the laboratory component of the STEAM program.
Rob Akers, Principal at WCHS spoke with the more than 70 assembled students, staff and CLARK employees about the importance of the CLARK investment. “This is not merely a gift to our school, but a seed that will thrive and grow based on how we nurture it,” said Principal Akers. Next, CLARK President Dennis Lawrence spoke about the importance of taking advantage of the opportunities an education can give. “You are absolutely our future; don’t squander it,” Lawrence said. “To have a program like this is fantastic. We are proud to support the STEAM program at WCHS.” Denise Strueh, Engineering/Manufacturing Teacher at WCHS, reminded students that when educators challenge them it’s because they have their best interests in mind.
Several students then spoke about their experiences in the program. “I’m a little overwhelmed by all of this new equipment behind me, it’s amazing”, said Victor Valdivia. “I can’t believe that I’ll actually get to use a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine in high school.”