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Clark Students Win at SkillsUSA Region 3 Contests!

On January 28th and February 4th, 18 students from Clark’s manufacturing program participated in the SkillsUSA Region 3 competitions. This was our school’s first ever entry into SkillsUSA, which is a national organization that encompasses a framework of workplace skills, personal skills, and technical skills grounded in academics. The Region 3 area includes all of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. All 18 students qualified for the state contest held in San Diego, CA in April.

Furthermore, our students took the gold, silver, and bronze medals (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) in both the Automated Manufacturing Technology and the CNC Milling Specialist competitions!

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Clark Magnet Receives $10,000 Grant from Arconic Foundation

On January 25th, Clay Mitchell, state director of SkillsUSA California, Paul Watters of the Arconic Foundation, and Eric Gearhart from SkillsUSA presented the Clark Magnet engineering and manufacturing program a grant in the amount of $10,000 to support manufacturing education. The Arconic Foundation’s support of our engineering and manufacturing program marks the the next chapter of the long-standing industry partnerships that Clark Magnet High School has developed and maintained since its opening in 1998. The awarded funds will be used to support student participation in SkillsUSA manufacturing competitions, add additional materials and equipment to the Clark advanced manufacturing lab, and to develop additional curriculum and documentation in preparation to earn program and facility accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

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From left to right across the front row: Head Counselor Karine Turdjian, Principal Lena Kortoshian, California State Director of SkillsUSA Clay Mitchell, GUSD Director of CTE Deb Rinder, and Clark Magnet Engineering & Manufacturing instructor David Black.

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Clark Students Compete in SkillsUSA National Championship

During the week of June 20-24, instructor David Black and two Clark students from the FIRST Robotics Team 696 and Computer-Aided Manufacturing class attended the SkillsUSA National Championship held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, marking the school’s entry into the SkillsUSA program. The students were invited to participate in the inaugural demonstration competition in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) sponsored by Autodesk, Inc. SkillsUSA_2016_Clark_Students _lowres

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Glendale PD SWAT Robot Visits Clark Magnet Engineering Classes

On May 18th, the Glendale Police Department SWAT robot visited the Engineering and Manufacturing classes at Clark Magnet High. Students learned how robotics plays an essential role in protecting human life in tactical situations posing a threat to safety. Students were able to try operating the robot’s multi-jointed manipulator arm and tank track system, which was easily able to climb stairs and overcome obstacles.

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2016 Gene Haas Scholarships Presented at Senior Awards Night

At t2016_Gene_Haas_Scholarship_Recipients_Lowreshe Clark Magnet Senior Awards Night on May 16st, 2016, instructor David Black (photo left) presented a total of $15,000 in scholarships to twelve recipient students.  For the past five years, the school has worked tirelessly to improve and grow its advanced engineering and manufacturing program, which now includes a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing lab.  By partnering with the Gene Haas Foundation, Clark was able to award twelve scholarships this year to these very deserving students who are pursuing further studies in machinist-based training and engineering programs at 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. Now in its second year, the Gene Haas Scholarship has awarded a total of $30,000 in scholarships to 21 graduating students from Clark Magnet High.

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2016-17 FIRST Robotics Team Applications Now Open!

Attention students: Do you like working hard, participating as a member of a competitive team, and gaining new skills? You may be interested in joining Clark’s award-winning FIRST Robotics Team 696 for the 2016-17 school year! We are looking for students with skills in a variety of areas such as Video Production, Web Development, Engineering, Design, and more. Applications are now open at Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM THIS FRIDAY, 4/22/16 to be considered for the 2016-17 team. Students who desire to take part in other engineering-related extracurricular projects after school should also apply through the above link.

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Clark students and teacher earn NIMS Level 1 Machining Credentials

nims_gcc_lowresOver the week of April 11 through 15, two students and instructor David Black participated in a week long training offered by the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and hosted at Glendale Community College in partnership with the Glendale Community College Professional Development Center. Over the week, the three earned a total of 15 nationally-recognized machining credentials in the areas of measurement, materials and safety, job planning, benchwork, and layout, lathe turning chucking, lathe turning between centers, milling, drill press, CNC mill operation, CNC mill programming, CNC lathe operation, and CNC lathe programming. Earning the certification was a rigorous process, consisting of manufacturing parts to very tight tolerances from provided blueprints and passing extensive online theory and application examinations which included mathematics for manufacturing. Over the course of the 1-week training and the prior week of preparation, the participants spent a total of approximately 80 hours, or one-semester worth of time working on the projects and taking exams. The three are now the first ever students and instructor from Glendale Unified School District to be NIMS credentialed, and hope to assist more students in earning their NIMS credentials during the 2016-17 school year.

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