The History

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It all started when...

When a young man from Wisconsin with a manufacturing background became a Technical Education Teacher and realized his yearly budget was only $10,000, he was shocked to say the least, your fortunate to keep the lights on he thought to himself and said there must be a better way. Being a positive, resourceful "out of the box thinker" with a "can do" attitude  he developed a "Student Run Business". This fantastic model allowed the school to build, grow and sustain a high level manufacturing program that otherwise was unattainable. Partnering with local industry and uniting the community has been key to the programs success. More recently other schools have adopted the model and are quickly gaining their own success. This non-profit is focused on helping organizations who desire to have a "Student Run Manufacturing Business". We support filling the skills gap in the most affordable way, partnering with local industry and uniting local communities. When the Manufacturing Program at your school becomes as popular as the Football Team, you know your doing something right! At Eleva-Strum High School the Cardinal MFG program is as popular as the Football Team...

An innovative high school vocational manufacturing program has students doing production work for paying customers. Cardinal Manufacturing in Strum, Wisconsin is a high school vocational manufacturing program that operates as a commercial business. Students in the program make parts for paying customers. Video produced by Creative Technology Corp https://www.creat.com