Polaris Awards Grant to Forest Lake Area High School for New Engineering and Design Build Lab

Forest Lake Area High School is pleased to announce a $79,500 grant donation from Polaris Industries Inc. to build a new Engineering and Design Build Lab. The state-of-the-art lab will be constructed this summer through the Reshaping Opportunities for Success 2015-2020 Project. With this new technology, Forest Lake High School will increase its number of engineering, manufacturing and production-focused courses.


“We could not be happier about the new design build lab,” said Jim Caldwell, Forest Lake Area High School Principal. “Through the generosity of the Polaris Industries our Industrial Tech faculty will not only be able to teach the core skills of engineering and design, but also engage with our students at a level that is much closer to what industry and career training programs demand.”


Polaris is a proud and long-time supporter of programs that foster the education and development of the future workforce,” said Scott Wine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Industries. “Our facilities are heavily reliant upon well-trained employees, so we understand the importance of an engineering and manufacturing skillset and the growing opportunities it provides within the job market. We are thrilled that we can help to inspire the next generation of engineers, technicians, trade professionals, and innovators.”


As a part of the Polaris grant, the district will purchase updated equipment that provides students with the opportunity to use the latest technology and learn relevant industry-ready skills. The new Polaris Design and Engineering Lab will include two fabrication labs, one featuring larger machines and tools and the other offering precision equipment. In this space, students will work in collaborative teams to design and build projects that utilize engineering, manufacturing, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills.


Today, the United States, China, Japan and other economies, along with emerging markets, are experiencing a rise in manufacturing job growth, both for high-tech and traditional low-tech industries. The growth in manufacturing, however, is challenged by a shortage of a skilled workforce.  High school engineering and manufacturing programs such as welding, machining, construction, woodworking and engineering are being reduced or eliminated in schools across the country. These programs are expensive to run as they require sophisticated equipment that must be continually upgraded and maintained. 


About Forest Lake Area High School

Forest Lake Area High School serves more than 2,000 students from Forest Lake and other local communities, including: East Bethel, May Township, Ham Lake, Hugo, Columbus, Lino Lakes, Linwood, Scandia, Marine, Stacy and Wyoming. The school provides a dynamic and challenging education to all students, whether they plan to graduate to the workforce or continue their education. The mission of Forest Lake Area High School is to ensure that all students graduate with the skills necessary to attend and succeed in a college, university, technical college or training program. Visit www.flaschools.org/hs for more information.


About Polaris

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader that has been fueling the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. With annual 2017 sales of $5.4 billion, Polaris’ innovative, high-quality product line-up includes the RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; the Sportsman® and Polaris ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and pontoon, deck and cruiser boats. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. Visit www.polaris.com for more information.