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School board grant to expand fabrication technology at Pathways, Casper College

Computer-numerically controlled (CNC) laser milling machine. (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo— Casper College (CC) and Pathways Innovations Center (P.I.C.) will roughly split a $98,500 grant from the Board of Cooperative Education Services to upgrade their advanced structural manufacturing capabilities.

The grants cover training and equipment purchases of a laser engraving system for Pathways and a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling center for Casper College’s machine technology program. CNC milling includes the precision lathes and horizontal grinders used by metals manufacturing industries.

Manufacturing and service is part of P.I.C’s extended professional curriculum for high school students.

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The grant was part of the consent agenda at Natrona County School District’s trustee meeting August 10. 

Other spending items included the allocation of CARES money allocated by Governor Mark Gordon for schools’ technology and nutrition programs.  NCSD Superintendent Mike Jennings said Natrona County will get $6.48 million, and the district plans to buy 3,000 Chromebook laptops, 3,700 iPads, 200 internet hot spot devices for students without wifi, 760 MacBooks for staff and $1.5 million in wireless upgrades.

The purchases must be made and acquired by December 30, and Jennings said he was worried that vendors may run out with district across the state making a run on their supply with the same timetable for spending certain CARES funds.

The district also planned to apply requested Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds (ESSER) and Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds toward expanding remote learning. 

The board also awarded a contract to $57,163.00 to Wyoming Office Products & Interiors, the sole bidder to furnish Park Elementary with “furniture, fixtures and equipment.”