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Published April 06, 2012, 10:10 PM

Breckenridge engraving program a hit with students, faculty

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) _ Breckenridge High School is teaching entrepreneurship by actually putting students to work. A rare manufacturing class has students excited about an engraving business.

Breckenridge High School is teaching entrepreneurship by actually putting students to work. A rare manufacturing class has students excited about an engraving business.

From helping a customer clarify an idea to creating a quality engraved product...

Cody DeFries - Student: "You kinda have to point them in the right direction, show them the different options they have, size of plaques."

Student Cody DeFries says he's getting lots of real world experience in this first year manufacturing class.

Cody DeFries: “It's not like we're the employees, per say, it's like we're all kind of managing it."

It's a business. They take orders, design, and make sure the products like these plaques are ready in time.

Cody DeFries: "I’ve been really busy. I did the wrestling awards."

The machine cost around $16,000, and the school's well on its way to covering costs.

Ivan Hirst – Breckenridge High Principal: "We used to send all that out, now we can do that for about half the cost here, and have our own kids do it. You know kids want to see production."

This whole engraving process is becoming so popular with the school district, and the community, that they're already booked weeks in advance. Students volunteer time in the classroom many times a day to set up new engravings.

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