LINCOLN – William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School held a ribbon-cutting celebration to open the school’s new advanced-manufacturing center on Aug. 30, with state leaders in attendance.
The 8,000 square feet of renovated space, which now includes 3D printers, laser engravers and other new equipment, is the school’s former carpentry shop, according to Davies.
The project was funded in part with $3.7 million in Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund money, a portion of which went toward new equipment for other school programs as well.
Tours of the new center and its biomanufacturing technology lab were offered at the ribbon-cutting. A temperature-controlled room to protect the properties of materials used in manufacturing is also part of the new space.
Event speakers included R.I. Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor; R.I. Department of Education Chief of Innovation Steve Osborn, Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, along with R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen.
Davies won a PBN Manufacturing Award last year, as well as a 2018 PBN Business Excellence Award in the workforce-development category.
Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributing writer.
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