History

2018-2019: WHS hired staff to cover additional Tech Ed enrollments. Mr. Gross (who is Ag/Tech certified) joined the Tech Ed department to teach some construction, welding and metal fab classes. WHS also Celebrated $100,000 investment from community for updates to the Manufacturing Lab at WHS. 6 new welding booths, 12 new welders, all 14 welding booths updated, 1 new lathe, 1 new mill, lots of updates like paint and such. New curriculum for Metals Courses; welding class, machine tool class and metal fabrication class. Mr. Foley is hired as additional Tech Ed staff at RMS.


2017-2018: ...


2016-2017: The Manufacturing Lab Update's campaign was started in April 2017 by the "Engineering & Manufacturing Partnership Team" to procure the funding needed to update curriculum and facilities for the Manufacturing Courses at Watertown HS.


2015-2016: Mr. Phillips was hired to replace the two empty positions from the previous spring. Mr. Phillips previously taught in Lake Mills, WI. Tech Ed completed a Fundraising Campaign of $50,000 and purchased a Haas ST10 CNC Lathe for the Metals Lab.


2014-2015: Due to low enrollments and early retirements, Mr. Bruce Magnuson and Mr. Mike Magnuson both retired from Tech Ed teaching at Watertown HS in May, 2015. Watertown Tech Ed hosted an Education and Industry partnership booth at the International Technology & Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Conference in Milwaukee showing off the ABB Robot Cell donated by Fisher Barton.


2013-2014: Watertown Tech Ed received a grant from Eaton Corporation which purchased a Torchemate CNC Plasma Table. Mr. Cunningham is hired for RMS Tech Ed to replace Mr. Sorce. 3 students took Gold at SkillsUSA Nationals in Automated Manufacturing Technology (CNC) (Evan Yoakum).


2012-2013: Fisher Barton Group partnered with Watertown HS Tech Ed to donate an ABB Robot Cell for the CIM Course to train on. Mr. Sorce is hired for RMS and stays for one year. Riverside MS's SkillsUSA and Supermileage program grows immensely with Mr. Sorce.


2011-2012: Eaton Corporation provided grant funds to purchase 2 new Miller XMT350 welders for the Metals Lab. Grant funds were received and RMS Tech Ed was completely renovated to bring in PLTW's Gateway Curriculum. Mr. Gallman at RMS Retires in June. 3 students took Gold at SkillsUSA Nationals in Automated Manufacturing Technology (CNC) (Mike Gaugert, John Brebeck & Zach Timm).


2010-2011: ...


2009-2010: 3rd and last Gateway Academy hosted.


2008-2009: 2nd Gateway Academy hosted.


2007-2008: Watertown Tech Ed hosted their first summer Engineering Camp for Middle School Girls - Gateway Academy.


2006-2007: Mr. Domer was hired to take over for the Engineering & Manufacturing program. Mr. Domer previously taught in Colby, WI. Multiple grants were received and used to purchase our first CNC machine - a Haas MiniMill Vertical Machining Center, installed in June 2007. SkillsUSA and Electrathon programs were both started this school year by Mr. Domer at WHS. 3 students took Bronze at SkillsUSA Nationals in Engineering Technology (Nick Weisenborn, Eric Doubet, and Grant Johnson).


2005-2006: Mr. Kind left WHS to take a job at Kettle Moraine HS in June, 2006.