The Manual Academy Dual-Credit manufacturing pathway will be availabe to all PPS high school students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The program is a coordinated in conjunction with Illinois Central College (ICC) and Caterpillar, Inc., a longtime supporter of the school's industrial technology program.
The manufacturing pathway is open to students currently in grades 8,9, 10 or 11. Details on the program will be available at two informational meetings: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Peoria High School library, and Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Richwoods High School library.
According to industrial technology teacher Andrew Rice, the dual-credit pathway courses will include introduction to engineering and technology, manufacturing, mechanical drafting, and welding. Students will master MIG, stick and TIG welding and the use of CNC plasma cutting machines and CNC routing machines. Participants also will graduate with OSHA and Red Cross certifications. Seniors in the manufacturing pathway will have the opportunity to participate in the Caterpillar Education for Life (E4L) paid internship programs.
Students enrolling in the Manual manufacturing pathway will be provided transportation.
In recent years, Caterpillar, Inc. has donated about $300,000 in state-of-the-art equipment to the Manual industrial technology program.