Zorn helps secure funds for Lenawee ISD equipment

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — As part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget finalized by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, Sen. Dale Zorn was able to secure state funds to help the Lenawee Intermediate School District (ISD) purchase needed career tech center equipment.

“The Lenawee ISD does a great job helping area residents prepare for success in high-demand, well-paying careers,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This investment in equipment for the ISD’s career tech center will help enable the school to enhance its ability to prepare students for innovative, high-tech careers.”

Lenawee ISD will receive $76,000 in state funds toward the purchase of a CNC plasma cutting system, including the cutter, plasma table, controller, software, ventilation system, installation, training and a full warranty.

The funding is included in the Capital Outlay section of House Bill 5294, which contains Fiscal Year 2017 budgets for principal state departments and the Judiciary and Legislative branches.

“The manufacturing field of thermal cutting is one that is directly related to the world of welding and fabrication. Acquisition of this state-of-the-art CNC plasma cutter will give Lenawee Intermediate School District the opportunity to not only offer training to high school students, but it will also be used in adult learning classes; apprentice training; and even to engage 4th-, 5th- and 6th-grade students in the LISD STEM summer camps,” said Lenawee ISD Superintendent Jim Philp.

“Through adult learning, local employers will be able to send current employees to the LISD TECH Center to receive this specialized training. I am very grateful for Senator Zorn’s assistance in procuring this valuable piece of equipment for the learners of Lenawee County.”

HB 5294 has been sent to the governor to be signed. The FY 2017 budget takes effect on Oct. 1.