Fab Lab Program at Wolverine High School Gives Students Job Experience, Pay Check

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Some Cheboygan County High School students are already preparing for the job market, and getting paid to do it.

It’s a partnership between Wolverine High School, Michigan Works!, North Central Michigan College and Tube Fab Engineering.

Eleven students at Wolverine are enrolled in the Fab Lab Program.

It’s a college program on design and coding for the manufacturing and engineering industries.

The students have access to 3D printers, allowing them to create and design products.

“This will prepare them for the job market for any beginning based job because it teaches them to be leaders among their peers,” says Stephanie Hanel, art teacher.

“A lot of the colleges vie looked into they really like Tube Fab and Michigan Works! helping us even more with that. When we first got our 3D printer I had no idea what I was doing with 3D printers and now I’m really proficient with 3D printers and designing,” sophomore Sean Crawford Jr. said.

What’s even better, Michigan Works! pays the students $60 a week for participating.