From High Schools To High Skills

The racket is deafening as machinist Jeff Himes helps his 11th-grade pupil, Chad Yoder, bore holes in a truck engine exhaust manifold. This two-day-a-week tutorial in applying math and computer skills to production isn't part of a machine-shop class. Himes and Yoder are en the floor of Donsco Inc.'s foundry in Wrightsville, Pa. And the lesson is far from academic. If all goes well, when Yoder, 17, finishes his training and his regular schoolwork, which has been redesigned to fit into three days a week, a job will be waiting for him at Donsco or another plant that needs sophisticated metalworking skills. "I never got the opportunity these guys are getting," says Himes.

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