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Wheeling High School Wheeling, IL
About Our School: Wheeling High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school with a STEM focus (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that opened in 1964 and graduated its first class in 1966. Wheeling High School has prepared extensively to be at the forefront of providing a relevant and meaningful educational experience for all of its students in the field of science, technology, engineering and math often referred to as STEM.As a STEM school, we focus on these subjects to prepare all students to think critically and solve complex problems, adapt to new technologies, and communicate effectively to a variety of audiences—all skills required to succeed in a global 21st century economy.
Wheeling High School incorporates all disciplines including the arts, languages and humanities in an interdisciplinary approach, offering students the opportunity to transfer and apply knowledge and skills across the curricular spectrum, rather than solely within isolated disciplines, providing a foundation of knowledge applicable beyond the realm of math and science alone.
What We do We strive to provide high school students with both industrial and college level engineering manufacturing experiences that will help them make better choices for their college and workforce decisions.Our program offers courses that begin with NIMS Level 1 Metalworking and Introduction to Engineering (IED).Students may choose to continue on through more advanced and specialized areas of study such as; Computer-Integrated-Manufacturing (CIM), Civil Engineering & Architecture (CEA), as well as our capstone course, Principals of Engineering (POE). Opportunities have blossomed in recent years as we debuted a state-of-the-art prototyping laboratory equipped with high-end metal and fabrication machine tools.Students are exposed to design and advanced manufacturing concepts as they work in teams to solve problems, develop solutions, and build prototypes.In collaboration with our industry partnership team, classroom experiences and laboratories are designed to emulate real industrial experiences.A semi-annual meeting with this partnership team allows teachers to discuss industry trends, workforce demands, as well as develop further partnerships and internships for students.Regardless of whether these students are headed to college, vocational school, or straight into the workforce, opportunities in technology and engineering prevail during these recovering economic times. The NIMS Advanced Manufacturing course provides machining and manufacturing skills that are in demand for entry-level jobs in the machining and manufacturing job market.Students work on CNC Mills, CNC Lathes, surface grinders, and other industry grade machinery.Students work towards achieving NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills, Inc) credentials (certificates) by hands-on skills assessments as well as computer-based assessments on a self-paced program.Students gain employability and working skills they will use the rest of their lives. This class is oriented towards students entering the job market after graduation and to those enrolled in Project Lead the Way Engineering classes who might be attending a 4-year program. Additional high schools in the region send students to Wheeling to take part in this program.It is open to all District 214 schools as well as District 211 schools.