Kondex Supports Oakfield Technical Education
Kondex Corporation recently donated $1,500 in support of Oakfield High School’s Technical Education Department. The check was presented during class to instructor Glen Perry, who said the funds would contribute towards the purchase of a CNC plasma cutter. Kondex President Jim Wessing spoke to the class and school representatives about Kondex and career opportunities available right after high school.
Supporting area technical education departments is not new to Kondex. The Company was instrumental in improving the equipment and shop conditions at Lomira High School in 2013, as well as contributions to Kewaskum High School.
“Tech Ed improvements are often outside the school budget, and can be a real challenge to fund,” said Wessing. “When companies step up to help, that contribution is often returned in the form of job referrals.”
As a gap begins to grow between those entering and retiring from the skilled trades, referrals are invaluable to Kondex and other manufacturers. “It’s important that students realize the potential available to them right after high school,” continued Wessing. “Not only can they make an immediate impact, but most companies, including Kondex, will pay for continued education and training to elevate their careers.”
Kondex and Oakfield High School were partners during last year’s Project GRILL (Growing Readiness in Learning and Leading), a Fond du Lac Association of Commerce program that pairs manufacturers and high school students in designing and building a working charcoal grill from scratch. The Company has offered its continued support to the school, and hopes to arrange a plant tour for students later in the year.