June 01, 2015

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Architectural Grille becomes a Classroom


Recognizing the importance of community service and the integral role that industry/school collaborations can play in helping prepare students for their futures, ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE has initiated a partnership with the Williamsburg High School of Architecture and Design. 

In this 32-week program, interested high school Juniors develop their design and fabrication skills in team-taught classes held at our company’s factory. Stephen Giumenta, Design Engineer and Co-Owner at Architectural Grille has enjoyed opening the eyes of students to the real world of manufacturing by getting them out of the classroom and onto the factory floor. By honing the students' AutoCAD skills, they are then able to watch the fabrication process unfold before their eyes, taking their own designs from a computer screen to reality by using our state-of-the-art Amada F1 laser machine (under the supervision of Stephen of course!)

Students attend class onsite at our factory in Brooklyn, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and receive high school credit. 

The program is designed not only to provide students with multiple career paths, but also to help them develop marketable skills using state-of-the-art CNC machinery that would be unavailable to them in a traditional high school or even college setting. Simultaneously, Architectural Grille benefits because it is developing, in essence, a potential reservoir of future employees. We are very excited to announce that plans are underway to expand the scope of the program for the 2015 - 2016 school year as we feel that educating our future workforce is beneficial to Architectural Grille and the community alike.