GRAFTON — Grafton High School
will be getting some upgrades to their fabrication lab, courtesy of
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Grafton School District announced last week that it had received a
$25,000 grant from WEDC, earmarked for improvement to the GHS
fabrication laboratory. Often called fab labs, the facilities being
built into schools are specialized spaces for students to learn
modern fabrication skills, methods and equipment.
Grafton High School already has a fab lab. The $25,000 will go to
augment that space with additional resources.
“We are thrilled to receive this funding in order to expand our
current fab lab facilities,” GHS Principal Scott Mantei said. “We
will be utilizing these funds to add equipment to our lab, including
3-D printers, a vinyl cutter and printer and CNC (computer numerical
control) router. We are thankful to WEDC for funding this initiative
and look forward to providing our students with additional
opportunities to gain and enhance these skills.”
The money GHS received is part of WEDC’s state grant program. On May
13, WEDC awarded more than $500,000 to 20 school districts
throughout Wisconsin to either grow or establish fab labs. According
to a press release, Gov. Tony Evers declared May 13 Fab Lab Day,
celebrating the grants, the programs they support and the
accomplishments of districts and their fab labs.
“Over the last four years, WEDC has invested over $2.1 million to
provide 58 schools across the state the type of equipment needed to
help students master the skills that are in high demand in the job
market, including manufacturing, technology and engineering,” said
Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC.
“These grants represent an important investment in education and
workforce development to ensure that Wisconsin students have the
skills and training they need to compete for the jobs of the 21st
century,” Hogan added.
Fab labs often include such equipment as 3-D printers, laser
engravers, programmable CNC machinery, plasma cutters and other
tools that allow hands-on learning and practical experience with
fabrication technology. According to the press release, “Fab labs
have the potential to benefit individual students, school districts,
the surrounding community and Wisconsin’s economy as a whole.”
For more information on fab lab programs, visit