East High chosen to pilot new high school manufacturing program

East High School in Youngstown is one of only three schools in the country chosen to pilot a new advanced manufacturing curriculum.

The program, IGNITE, is set to begin in January and aims to teach students important skills through a unique technology-based curriculum that could land them a job in the future.

Krish Mohip, CEO of Youngstown City School District said, “Having our kids be able to engage in this kind of learning at an early age, not only exposes them to jobs, exposes them to careers, but also builds the skills that will make them more marketable as they graduate from Youngstown.”

America Makes located in Youngstown is supporting the new program.

“On behalf of America makes, we are pleased to see this important career pathway initiative taking place in Youngstown,” Rob Gorham, executive director of America Makes said, “We are looking forward to the success of this effort – sparking the interest of high school students in careers in advanced manufacturing – and taking the necessary steps to develop that interest into careers.”

The curriculum follows a three-year model, with each year’s coursework building off of the last.