TMA Education Foundation Grants $25,000 to McHenry High Schools

TMA Education Foundation presented McHenry High Schools a grant check totaling $25,000. The grant fulfilled the schools' request for funds to purchase two refurbished Monarch 10EE lathes.

The check was presented by Nicole Wolter, President of H.M. Manufacturing and a Trustee of TMA Education Foundation. On hand to receive the check at the McHenry Community High School District 156 Board of Education Meeting were Board President Gary Kinshofer, Vice President Tim Byers, Superintendent Ryan McTague, Teacher Gaylord Rodeman, and Board Members Pat Arnold, Steve Bellmore, Dawn Bremer, Ron Fischer, and Tim Hying.

"This is our passion: to support the next generation of manufacturing leaders," said Wolter, representing TMA Education Foundation. "These young people are getting a priceless opportunity to learn about manufacturing first-hand, in a county that is one of the fastest-growing manufacturing sectors in Chicagoland. We will fill the skilled workforce shortage our industry faces by investing in the next generation and unlocking the potential of these young, bright minds."

With this grant, TMA Education Foundation has now donated over $190,000 to local high schools this school year. The funding strengthened manufacturing education programs through state-of-the-art equipment, software, equipment, training, and field trips. To date, TMA Education Foundation has donated over $1.5 million dollars in machinery, software, equipment, awards, competitions, instructors, research, credentialing and scholarships.

TMA Education Foundation is the Technology & Manufacturing Association's non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving, sustaining, and promoting manufacturing technology education and encouraging the pursuit of careers in the industry. Formed in 1987, the foundation increases awareness of manufacturing careers in high schools, promotes manufacturing careers, and encourages manufacturing technology training. To learn more about the important work of TMA Education Foundation, visit

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