Detroit public schools buy Fanuc robots for new advanced-manufacturing training
Two Detroit schools got robots as the city district aims to extend its job-training pipeline.
Detroit Public Schools Community District paid around $280,000 to get eight training machines installed at Denby and Pershing high schools through a certification program offered by Rochester Hills-based supplier Fanuc America Corp.
Fanuc adds the two Detroit schools to the list of around 70 in Michigan where it has implemented Certified Education RobotTraining programs, Detroit Public Schools Community District said in a news release.
Fanuc and DPSCD unveiled the robots in a press event Monday at Pershing High School. They were installed this month.
“(We’re) trying to get them to see the difference,” Aiello said. “There’s a tremendous growth in manufacturing and surrounding automation.”
Juniors and seniors at Denby and Pershing can enter the program as an elective course, starting this fall, according to a DPSCD news release. It is intended to help prepare them for jobs in skilled trades, post-secondary schooling and to take a national exam to get a Fanuc robot operator certification, the release said.
Denby and Pershing are among Detroit high schools that don’t yet have a defined career pipeline program, DPSCD spokeswoman Chrystal Wilson said. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti started a push this summer to assure all schools have them, she said.
“As a district, we recognize it is our responsibility to ensure our students have access to curriculum and training that reflects today’s workforce, and an education that prepares them to compete in the skilled trades industry or prepare them for a successful college pathway,” Vitti said in the release.
More job skills-focused training in fields including technology and manufacturing comes as the state and employers aim to steer more young people to once-stigmatized skilled trades.
For more on the robotic tools Fanuc provides to schools, visit its website.
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