Pine Ridge High School - Manufacturing Lab
Hall & Ogle contracted with Volusia county Schools to renovate an existing wood shop at the Pine Ridge High School campus in Deltona. This was to be the flagship project introducing the visionary program developed by Principal John Atkinson and State Representative David Santiago, a first-of-its-kind manufacturing program and state of the art manufacturing and robotics lab.
The project included creating the new manufacturing lab out of the existing wood shop, re configuring the existing spaces to meet the new program requirements. All finishes, existing electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems as well as data and communications systems were renovated to current code and program requirements. The new reconfigured space was to house new manufacturing and robotics equipment in an inviting educational atmosphere.
The project was met with enthusiastic support and praise from the School Board, Faculty, and the Volusia County Manufacturers Association, and is projected to serve as the model for similar future facilities at other campuses throughout Volusia County.
A Daytona Beach News Journal article by Mark Harper explains:
"DELTONA — After a Pine Ridge High School teacher's retirement a few years ago, the woodshop room was vacant.
"Except for dust and cobwebs," said state Rep. David Santiago.
He and the principal, John Atkinson, the local manufacturing association and others started asking questions. How can we make this room useful? Might there be a more direct link between school resources and available jobs? Is there a way to deliver students a high-demand, high-tech, career pathway?
Atkinson, named Pine Ridge principal in 2011, consulted with Volusia County school district administrators, employers — particularly the manufacturing sector that has long sought skilled workers — as well as Santiago, a Deltona Republican. Their questions, and more than a $1 million investment by the district and state, led to this year's startup of a first-of-its-kind manufacturing program that's rooted in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
It's also giving students hands-on experience with a wide range of skills that could lead to more than a dozen careers. Students consult books and conduct experiments using hydraulics machines, welding, circuits, CNC (computer numerical control) machining, pneumatic systems, 3-D printing and more."
You can find the article in its entirety at http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20151201/news/151209935.