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MCC Presents Measuring Assessment Tools to Bellevue West High School

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Measurement tool presentation Two years ago, MCC discovered that students were having trouble understanding fractions and how to read a ruler. MCC Industrial and Commercial Trades Instructor David Eledge had the solution: a tool that has endless combinations of measuring examples and could be used in all departments (math, trades, art, ESL and others) for instruction. Together with a measuring tape, the Measuring Assessment Tool is a powerful instrument to help students learn math and measuring.

In May, Eledge and John Vyhlidal, owner of Tri-V Tool & Mfg. and Omaha Area Director of Dream It! Do It!, presented 15 tools and tape measures to Bellevue West High School.

The Dream It! Do It! program was launched in January to promote hands-on experience in manufacturing among high school students. Eight students at Bellevue West High School completed the program that offers skill-based instruction at MCC and the opportunity to work as an intern at a local business. In turn, those businesses hope to eventually gain skilled, permanent employees in an industry currently facing a worker shortage.

Measurement tool As part of his internship with Tri-V Tool & Mfg., Bellevue West senior Taylor Sidzyik learned how to use the machine that creates the Measuring Assessment Tool. He machined the 15 tools and accepted them on behalf of the high school with Principal Kevin Rohlfs.

The Skilled and Technical Sciences Department at Bellevue West plans to use the tools in all of their introductory classes. The internship program will expand to Bellevue East High School next year.

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