Caterpillar helps textbook high school students succeed

PEORIA (WEEK) – Caterpillar has worked with Manual High School for over a decade to teach students welding skills. The Manufacturing Welding Pathway program has helped students learn a new trade at Manual High School. Welding shop instructor Andrew Rice says the programs give students more job options.

“I have students who have been with me for three or four years in my career. Some of them go straight into the job market and some go into CCI or Bradley or some other engineering school within two years, ”says Rice.

The Essentials for Life program allows students to deepen their skills by opening doors to employment soon after graduation. Caterpillar donates production equipment while working side by side with school instructions.

Students interested in attending university qualify for a part-time internship with Caterpillar. Some students enter the workforce directly after graduating from high school.

“It taught me a lot of valuable things about what to look forward to in my future and gave me a lot of career choices. It helps me decide what to do after high school, ”said Kamren Baum.

He has been in the program for years and says he is grateful because the program has given him job choices. He will be graduating this spring and plans to work in the Caterpillar production shop soon after.

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