Hypertherm Names Educational Grant Winners

Each grant-winning school receives a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma system, Hypertherm’s AWS SENSE approved Plasma Cutting TechHypertherm, a U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, recently announced the 12 recipients of its 2022 Spark Something Great educational grant.

Selected from a pool of 110 applications, the following 12 public schools, vocational schools and colleges from throughout the United States and Canada will receive a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma system and in-person training from a Hypertherm expert:

  • Bluejacket Public Schools – Bluejacket, OK
  • Cayuga High School – Tennessee Colony, TX
  • DRIVE One TechCenter – Roseville, MI
  • Minico High School – Rupert, ID
  • Mount Sentinel Secondary School – South Slocan, BC
  • Normal West High School – Normal, IL
  • O’Rourke Middle School – Burnt Hills, NY
  • Rothsay Public School – Rothsay, MN
  • Southeast Region Career and Technology Center – Wahpeton, ND
  • Sudan Independent School District – Sudan, TX
  • Tupelo Public Schools – Tupelo, OK
  • Winona Senior High School – Winona, MN

“We continue to see strong interest in our grant program as schools grapple with limited budgets and increasing enrollment,” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “Many of the schools we received applications from are trying to teach 100, 200, and even 300 students with a single—and often very old—plasma cutter. Many schools have no plasma at all. Although we cannot award a plasma system to every deserving school, we are grateful for the opportunity to give more students an opportunity to cut, gouge and mark metal with a Powermax45 XP.”

In addition to its annual grant program, Hypertherm provides educational discounts to schools and students, and offers educators its “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” curriculum as a free download, the company said. Hypertherm also offers ProNest for Education, a free program that places ProNest CAD/CAM nesting software in schools using CNC applications.

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