“Manufacturing is a huge aspect of our economy that we are not fostering like we should,” Reynolds said. “We have to face the fact that not all our students are going to college, or even technical schools. So what are they going to do?”
In Reynolds’ mechantronics class, students from Shelbyville and Pana learn about the manufacturing process in self-contained modules before spending time at the International Paper plant in Shelbyville for real-world experience.
Other students at Friday’s gathering represented the Creating Entrepreneurship Opportunities (CEO) class that draws students from each of the six high schools in Effingham County.
Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or email@example.com.