Sherwood students showcase high-tech skills

Sherwood students showcase high-tech skills

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on January 15, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 7:39 AM

PORTLAND -- Students from Sherwood High School got to show and tell at the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday. They're hoping what they're learning and making in class will lead to well-paying jobs in high-tech manufacturing.

The event comes as more high-tech jobs are returning to the United States.

THE OMEP (Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership), which helps companies navigate the challenges of global competition, put the spotlight on Sherwood High instructor John Niebergall's class.

"I believe in it, and I have support from my administration, my community, my students and it's worked in the past and I keep trying new things," he said.

Students are learning a new way to make things using 3D printers and rapid-prototyping equipment. There is also a class in robotics.

Oregon Lawmakers are investing $8 million to revitalize CTE, the Career and Technical Education program. And nearly a $500,000 will go to the Sherwood School District.

Neibergall said the funds will " build up our program and get a traveling motor home and trailer and replicate this around the state."

Currently, there is a shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing in Oregon, which is projected to increase over the next 8 to 10 years as more baby boomers retire.

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