Monthly Lab Tours Planned

As a result of teachers’ enthusiasm for the in-person lab tours hosted by colleges and high schools this summer, Jeff Briggs announced that Edu2Mfg and SVMA will continue to support these events during the school year. The plan is to offer a monthly tour on the second Saturday of the month. To get on the invitation list or to offer to host the group, use the Edu2Mfg contact form or email

Instructors Visit Golden Sierra Manufacturing Lab

On Tuesday July 27, Pete DeLosa, Manufacturing & Product Development teacher at Golden Sierra High School, hosted Career Technical Education instructors from three community colleges and four high schools. The event was supported by Edu2Mfg and SVMA. Delosa provided an overview of his program and described how his equipment and lab are set up.

Our host, Pete DeLosa, had us each participate in a ‘design and make’ challenge.

In addition, the group discussed some burning education topics and participated in a couple of the mini challenges that DeLosa uses with his students, explained Steve Dicus, California Community College North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative.

“Our host, Pete DeLosa, had us each participate in a ‘design and make’ challenge that he uses with his students,” said Dicus. “We were given a single piece of 8″ x 10″ card stock and tasked to design and construct a bridge or structure that could span 36″ or more. All the participants had unique solutions for their designs.”

According to Dicus, the instructors were most engaged in sharing the “how to” of their teaching methods, explaining how they select and use equipment, and describing techniques for guiding students in developing advanced manufacturing skills.

DeLosa indicated that he appreciated the efforts of Dicus to make this collaboration with other manufacturing teachers possible. “Thanks to Steve for all his efforts to organize us,” said DeLosa. “I have learned so much from these events and Shop Talk calls with other Career Technical Education (CTE) instructors. I had a great time hosting today’s event and I’m looking forward to visiting other schools.”

Find more information on the Golden Sierra Manufacturing & Product Development program.

Group Tours New Manufacturing Lab in Folsom

On Thursday, July 29, Drew Bias hosted CTE instructors at Folsom High School’s new “State of the Art” Manufacturing & Product Design facility. There were 14 participants representing Los Rios and Sierra College Community College districts as well as seven school districts including: Black Oak Mine USD, EL Dorado HSD, Elk Grove USD, Folsom Cordova USD, Roseville JUHSD, San Juan USD and Western Placer USD. A representative from industry partner, Selway Machine Tool Company, also attended.

The event was organized by the California Community College North Region Advanced Manufacturing initiative to attract diverse educators and partners, offer hands-on learning experiences and build the local teacher community, explained Steve Dicus, Edu2Mfg. “Besides sharing ‘best practice’ ideas and equipment information, each participant had the opportunity to make a 3 1/2″ cube,” said Dicus.

“The walls of the cube were 1/8″ steel,” said Dicus. “The hollow centered cube was made of six sides with each side having a different dot configuration; numbered 1 to 6. On one surface of the 1/8″ flat stock, a CNC 3 axis mill and a 1/4″ end mill were used to scribe the 1/2″ DIA x 1/16″ deep dot(s) on each piece. The sixth piece each had a different number of dots: 1 to 6. The six sides were then welded together, creating the cube. This was followed by corners and edges being ground smooth.”

The lab is so new that equipment was being delivered during the tour. Learn more about the Manufacturing & Product Design program at Folsom High School.

Teachers Visit Roseville High Manufacturing Lab

On Thursday June 17, 2021, SVMA and Edu2MF brought together teachers in the Engineering Manufacturing lab at Roseville High School. Steve Dicus, Edu2Mfg, credits host John Fuller with organizing a beneficial program. “It was a rousing success,” said Dicus.   “The conversations between the teachers were filled with: how do you teach this, or where do you get that, and of course, it was really good to see others who have weathered the same pandemic created storm.”

Participants in Roseville High School manufacturing lab tour check out waterjet.

Dicus indicated that several teachers who were new to the group were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet face to face with others. “They felt the genuine willingness of all the teachers to offer support where needed,” said Dicus. 

For example, one of the participants was planning to purchase a waterjet. “Our host John, and several others who have waterjets, were able to lend some ideas on model/brand and how to include it in a curriculum,” said Dicus.  “Another teacher wanted to connect with an instructor who couldn’t attend.  So, a virtual introduction was set up after the gathering.”

According to Dicus, most schools indicated that they would be in-person for the fall term. “Even though local design, engineering and making programs have been challenged these past few months, it appears they will be open and ready to continue instructing the rising generation,” said Dicus.