High schools with vocational manufacturing classes are often underfunded or not funded at all. High school administration with a budget problem tend to cut all the classes that need expensive machines. Some high schools are getting around this problem by using the machines that they do have to produce a sellable product. That money is then funneled back into their program. Student-run shops can also be used to pay the students through profit sharing. High school is supposed to transition the students into their adult life so this works great.
- A school in Wisconsin makes and sells machinery parts created during its manufacturing shop class.
- There are overhead costs for equipment to begin a machine shop. The same costs do not exist in a traditional curriculum.
- The students are required to take shop class in previous grades before being allowed to work in the shop for profit-sharing.
“Teaching math, English or history does not require investments in capital equipment.”