Manufacturing Club an inspired idea

Fort Dodge Senior High students will benefit from the hands-on opportunity

Fort Dodge Senior High students who are handy with a set of tools will soon have a new activity to enjoy.

Creation of the Dodger Manufacturing Club was OK’d recently by the district’s Board of Education.

Club members will make items and possibly sell them, according to Matt Elsbecker, the school’s activities director.

Goals of the club include getting students involved in after-school activities, giving them an opportunity to develop a hobby and getting them excited about learning.

This sounds like a pretty cool activity for young men and women who are mechanically inclined. Future mechanics, engineers and other skilled tradespeople will be able to hone their skills in a fun atmosphere. Students who participate in this club may someday be the ones who break new ground in the manufacturing, value-added agriculture, automotive and aerospace fields.

Yes, it’s going to take some money to make this club work. Expenses are estimated at $5,000 to $15,000 to pay for tools and materials, but that money will come from fundraisers.

Andy Kavanaugh, the high school’s manufacturing and welding teacher, has played a leading role in getting the group started. He will be the club’s advisor. We appreciate his creativity and work to make this program available to students.

We also thank the school’s administration and the Board of Education for allowing his vision to become a reality.

We hope members of the new Dodger Manufacturing Club have a great time while learning new skills.