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Lexington High School Adds Welding Equipment with Compeer Grant

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Home > Education & Events > July 2020 > Lexington High School Adds Welding Equipment with Compeer Grant

LEXINGTON, Ill – Lexington High School is one of seven schools adding welding equipment to their agriculture classrooms with a grant from Compeer Financial.

“Welding equipment will enhance our ability to teach metal working with increased safety and ability to have more hands on experience,” said Brian Wiltz, the agricultural education teacher at the Illinois high school. “These learning opportunities will help our students improve their career readiness skills.”

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit corporate giving program, awarded a total of $153,012 through the Agriculture Education and Classroom Equipment Grant Program this year.

Sixty-six high schools throughout Compeer Financial’s territory in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be receiving grants of up to $3,000 each to fund agriculture education programs and equipment in the classroom, directly impacting the lives of 11,947 students.

The grant program seeks to promote agriculture education and inspire youth to gain a deeper understanding of the ever-changing agriculture industry by funding programs and the modern classroom equipment.

“We know that having a high school experience with a trade, like welding, mechanics or carpentry, can ignite a life-long passion in students,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “Giving students the ability to explore trades in their agriculture classrooms adds to the bright future of our rural communities.”

Learn more about the other grant recipients, here.
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