As part of his Rockwood education, Eureka High
senior George Allen also attends South Technical High School.
“Every year our precision machining class is given the task of making a holiday ornament for the faculty here," he said. "This year we decided to make replicas of the Stanley Cup."
Allen said the South Tech program has greatly benefited him.
“This is the first shop I saw when I came to the open house, and I just fell in love with it,” he said. “All the math we learn in the program we use right here in the shop to build something.”
Allen said when he graduates he hopes to get an associate degree from East Central College or State Technical College in Linn. Then he plans to transfer to Missouri S&T or Mizzou to get a degree in industrial engineering.
“For a while, I would like to work in a machine shop such as this,” he said. “I love making stuff. It’s very interesting to me that I am able to do something that I like and feel passionate about. I’m glad I took advantage of this opportunity to learn hands-on.”
Allen said the experience is giving him a broad idea of what jobs are available in the industry.
“There is demand for machinists right now,” he added, “and this exposes us to a broad range of how to run the mills and the lathes. I know many former students who are now working in the industry.”