Five 2012-2013 Project G.R.I.L.L. teams unveiled their creations at the Sheboygan A’s Wildwood Park on Saturday, June 1st. G.R.I.L.L. (Growing Readiness in Learning & Leading) is a program designed to introduce high school students to career opportunities available in manufacturing. Since the 2007-2008 school year, participating high school students and their teachers have worked closely with sponsoring employers/mentors to design and make charcoal fired grills that really work.

For several months, teams representing Kohler High School and Kohler Co.; Sheboygan Central High School and Masters Gallery Foods; Howards Grove High School and Johnsonville Sausage; Oostburg High School and Nemak; and Random Lake High School and Curt G. Joa, Inc. worked together to develop their ideas and produce the components needed for their G.R.I.L.L. projects.

During the 30 weeks they participate in Project G.R.I.L.L., students learn valuable lessons in areas such as project management, team building, design, fabrication, finishing, assembly and quality control to prepare them for their post-high school plans. As explained by Mary, a participant in Project G.R.I.L.L., “After having the hands-on experiences from Project G.R.I.L.L., I knew mechanical design would be my chosen career path.” According judges Mike Vandersteen, mayor of Sheboygan; Bill Gottsacker, LTC Culinary Institute head chef/instructor; Scott McMurray, owner, 3 Guys and a Grill; Rich Hoerth, LTC executive dean, trades and industry; and John Rogers program director, Sheboygan County Chamber — all teams passed with flying colors!