The Pleasant Valley Community School District received a $100,000 grant from Arconic in the district's Career and Technical Education program.
With the grant, Pleasant Valley purchased a Hass TL-1 CNC Lathe, a Hass TM-1P CNC Vertical Milling Machine and two manual Bridgeport Vertical Milling machines with power feed and digital readout capabilities.
This equipment, along with a previously purchased numerically controlled Plasma Cutter, will allow Pleasant Valley High School to prepare students for a registered apprenticeship and/or a CNC programming certificate through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.
"Arconic and Arconic Foundation are honored to have provided technical input and a foundation grant of the $100,000 to expand the CNC machining program at Pleasant Valley and to coordinate the connection of the program to Scott Community College," Arconic plant manager Steven Jennings said. "The demand for skilled trades and those interested in advanced manufacturing is very strong and provides great jobs."