A Fort Worth ISD school is teaching kids how to run a manufacturing business, and they’ve even started earning money for college.
Students at the Young Men Leadership Academy aren’t just learning about how to operate a manufacturing business — they’re actually doing it.
During a workshop class, the students manufactured everything from cell phone cases and fidget spinners to tiles and coffee mugs.
“So the job for the 21st century is for the person who can run the robot,” said Bart Scott, an engineering teacher.
The equipment is all funded through private grants from the Sid Richardson Foundation and the Toyota Foundation.
Scott says the students are learning skills that will translate into jobs.
“If they get the first certificate here and other three at TCC, they’re looking at probably a starting salary of about $80,000. It goes into 6 figures there,” Scott explained.
Students are already earning money now.
YMLA Principal Rodney White says the profits from the sales go into a college fund.
“This past Saturday, the young men were at a Fort Worth ISD technology conference and were able to sell their creations to teachers and members of FWISD,” he said. “It was a big hit. Now, we have a lot of schools asking how we can create their teacher appreciation week gifts for their teachers.”
About 78 percent of the students who attend YMLA are economically disadvantaged.
The students have primarily been selling their products within Fort Worth ISD, but they are planning to expand that.