Ontario High School gains equipment to train youth and keep them in school

Students at Ontario High School hone their welding skills in the school’s workshop. T.J. Toomey is the welding instructor at Ontario High School and is also in charge of the school’s new manufacturing program. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO – Ontario High School now owns state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to train students in practical skills for the work force. 

The equipment until recently was sitting in its original bubble wrap at Grant Union High School in John Day when Dirk DeBoer, a Nyssa area farmer and supporter of local education, and Ontario Mayor Riley Hill learned about it.  

The Ontario School District then made a deal to buy the equipment for $45,000 to bolster its new manufacturing program, according to Renae Corn, an Ontario school board member who described the arrangement at . . .