Michigan Technical School Exceeds Expectations

Gabe Kooyers is an advanced manufacturing instructor at Van Buren Technology Center, in Lawrence, Michigan. Nearly 1,000 students attend Van Buren each day. Mr. Kooyers is a graduate of the program himself.

Mastercam visits Van Buren

Mastercam President and CEO Meghan West, Product Manager Dave Conigliaro, and Educational team lead Peter Mancini were impressed by the quality and technology of the school’s manufacturing facilities when they visited, which Mr. Kooyers describes in an article for Manufacturing Engineering magazine. He also talks about how the students at Van Buren are shattering stereotypes and exceeding expectations as they prepare for careers at the school.

Winner of Wildest Parts with his project

“The center’s four STEM programs—Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Architectural Design, Welding, and Polymer Technologies—cater to a diverse group of high school graduates. Van Buren Tech invites students from 15 partnering school districts throughout Southwest Michigan, as well as adults who want skills training, to explore their programs.” —Gabe Kooyers

You can read all about the accomplishments of the students and the exceptional program at Van Buren Technology Center in the article, Van Buren Tech Shatters Manufacturing Stereotypes.

Van Buren Student showing his project in Mastercam

Students at the school are learning CAD/CAM and running CNC equipment using Mastercam. They are getting ready for rewarding careers in industry using the most widely used CAM worldwide. It is an honor to be a part of their experience. Thanks to Mastercam Reseller Axsys Inc. for service and support of the manufacturing program at Van Buren Technology Center.