Helena Public Schools flying high after $100K in grants from Boeing

Helena Public Schools is working to expand real-world training capacity for its students, and $100,000 in grants from Boeing is helping that along.

With the support of a $25,000 grant from Boeing, a HAAS Toolroom Mill has been purchased by the district for Helena High School to help prepare students for high-paying jobs in the manufacturing industry. The sophisticated Computer Numerical Control (CNC) capability of the tool is guided by software, which allows for high-precision cutting, routing, grinding and other functions.

“Boeing is proud to help bring training to Helena students that reflects real-world experiences,” said Gina Breukelman, senior manager at Northwest Region Boeing Global Engagement. “Growing a robust talent pipeline locally is key to the Helena region’s economic growth and supports workforce development opportunities in the aerospace and manufacturing industries and beyond.”

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Incoming Helena High seniors Tithen Fitzgerald and Jackson Cosgrove check out a new Haas machining system the school received from a grant from Boeing recently.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

The machine’s total cost was about $43,000

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