Students in the Glen Oaks Community College Machine Tool program will now be able to work and learn on a new piece of equipment, thanks to the generosity of Vaupell Midwest Molding, of Constantine, Mich.

Vaupell has donated an electrical discharge machine to be housed in the newly renovated Machine Shop at the college.

“By donating this piece of equipment, we are able to assist in helping educate the Glen Oaks students in machine shop and tooling,” said Jeremy Howard, plant manager at Vaupell. “We’re pleased to be able to support Glen Oaks, as we believe that machine tooling and machine manufacturing is an important future for St. Joseph County and our communities.”

“As a former graduate from Glen Oaks, I’m specifically and personally pleased to be able to help,” said Howard. “Vaupell has several other Glen Oaks alumni, and we are all interested in seeing this area grow and develop in the community and at the College.”

Electrical discharge machining (EDM), sometimes referred to as spark machining or burning, is a manufacturing process whereby a desired shape is obtained using electrical discharges.

 

Photo Caption:  Glen Oaks Community College students will benefit from a new electrical discharge machine recently donated to the college from Vaupell Midwest Molding, of Constantine. From left are Vaupell’s Zachary Wood, apprentice toolmaker, and Dennis Wood, tooling manager, pictured with Paul Aivars, GOCC’s director of business services. Zachary is enrolled in the Machine Technologies program at the college.