This coming school year, Norfolk teachers might have to change their curriculum.

Nucor Detailing Center is one of this year’s recipients of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative Grant.

The $125,000 grant, offered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Department of Education, will create maker spaces for thousands of students to use.

Because of the grant, 7th and 8th grade students will have access to 3D technology hardware and software. Equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters and embroidery machines are some of the things students will learn to use.

Nucor employee David Decarolis is a trainer at the Norfolk facility, he spoke about the opportunity the grant provides.

“In the long-term Nucor is hoping to generate a strong workforce in the future. In the short-term, it’s just going to be great to get this equipment into the schools and have them use it in their curriculum.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Pete Ricketts participated in a local announcement ceremony at the Nucor facility in Norfolk. He explained the impact the Development Youth Talent Initiative Grant.

“This is something that will make an impact on the community, an impact on the businesses and will be something that continues on even after the grant money runs out.”

Norfolk Junior High, Stanton, Battle Creek, Madison and Pierce Public Schools will all have access to the maker spaces.

Gov. Ricketts says, “we have a lot of career opportunities available in our state and they don’t all involve getting a four year degree. We want our young people to be able to see that in 7th and 8th grade, pursue that in high school and maybe get that post-secondary education that may only be a two-year program.”

With the grant, Nucor Detailing Center will create three different maker spaces. One will be housed permanently at the Norfolk Junior High., the second will be in a small trailer that rotates between area schools and the last will be located at NDC in Norfolk.

Source: Chip Matthews – Sandhills Express