The Hoehne Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter and Hoehne Agriculture Education Program are pleased to announce that they have received a grant to purchase a new plasma cutter with table and software. The grant was awarded from the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation. The cutter will be used in shop class at Hoehne High School for cutting designs into metal projects.  

“This equipment will allow Hoehne’s Ag Education to take a huge step forward in regards to career readiness. Students will now have the opportunity to use equipment that is very similar to equipment being used today in the metal shop industry. It is a step in the right direction anytime you get training on new equipment or learn new skills,” said Jesse Price, Hoehne FFA Advisor.

Hoehne High School teacher Connie Hass wrote the grant for the FFA Chapter. “I went to Rural Philanthropy Days with the idea of writing a grant for our FFA program. I was hoping to enhance the technology that they use with their plasma cutter. I am so pleased that the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation supported our educational efforts at Hoehne,” Hass said.

The plasma cutter will allow students to make more precise and professional cuts on metal projects. Students will be producing a variety of metal projects that will be sold at the Hoehne May Fair, an annual public auction, which will benefit the Hoehne FFA chapter.

“I believe that getting this equipment will allow us to make more projects and to expand our knowledge in the shop. To be able to get this grant is a huge step forward as an ag program,” said Robert Walter, FFA member and Hoehne High School student.

About Hoehne School District:  Hoehne School District is nestled at the base of the foothills on the southern border of Colorado. The K-12 public school has the advantage of small class sizes, a supportive educational team, and the tools to advance and prepare our students for success. It prides itself as being “the of center educational excellence.”

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