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Local high school shows off new tech ed equipment

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WESTON (WAOW) -- D.C. Everest Senior High School will host an open house Monday, giving community members a hands-on tour of the newly renovated technical education area.

The upgrades stem from a referendum that was passed by area voters in 2018. The school wants to share the completed work with those who are invested in the district.

"With the opportunities that we're going to be able to provide to students because of the support of the community. So we are extremely thankful for everything people have provided us with, but we also want them to be able to come and experience it as well," said Mike Raether, principal of D.C. Everest Senior High School.

What's New?

Community members will be able to tour their innovation center featuring robotics, 3-D printing and hydro dipping technology.

The school also is expending it's agriculture science facilities, now growing lettuce with a vertical hydroponic farming system. Officials hope to one day grow their own lettuce to use in the district lunch rooms.

Auto technology will grow the number of lifts from four to six, and adding large store front doors. The large doors will allow Everest to bring in large diesel semi trucks.

The metal shop adds a number of tools like a plasma cutter, a robotic welder and laser engraving machine. Wood Manufacturing facilities will now feature a CNC Router for wood carving, making Everest one of the only schools in the county with the technology.

The schools will break in the new equipment this semester.

"We are in the spaces, we are using them. We are learning as well as our students, and the excitement and the ownership has been phenomenal. We could not be more happy with what our students are doing," said Raether.

The open house runs from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday at D.C. Everest Senior High School.

Chase McNamara

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