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Florida race benefits Cleveland's Max Hayes

Runners and walkers laced up their shoes last week in Orlando, Fla., so they could raise money for a career-technical high school more than 1,000 miles away in Cleveland.

The Miles for Manufacturing 5K walk and run drew 81 participants, and though the final tally was not available, they were expected to generate as much as $7,500 for CMSD’s Max S. Hayes High School. The event coincided with the annual Manufacturing for Growth conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.

The first Miles for Manufacturing, held last September during a trade show in Chicago, raised money for Austin Polytechnical Academy, a Chicago college and career prep school that focuses on manufacturing and engineering. Greg Jones, who lives in the Cleveland area and serves as a vice president for the 5K sponsor, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, proposed that Max Hayes benefit from the event in Florida.

Max Hayes, now located on Detroit Ave., will move next school year to a new state-of-art building near West 65th Street and Clark Avenue.

The Miles for Manufacturing proceeds will go to the Friends of Max Hayes supporters group. The Friends of Max Hayes and WIRE-Net, a Cleveland manufacturing advocacy organization, work closely with the school and believe planned program changes could make it a career-tech model for the nation.
With the help of Ford Next Generation Learning, CMSD is revamping the curriculum at all five of its career-tech schools, now branded collectively as The Academies of Cleveland. The other schools are the Washington Park Environmental Studies Academy, Martin Luther King Jr. Campus, Jane Addams Business Careers Center and the Garrett Morgan School of Science.

The District stresses that well-paying, skilled jobs available in the modern economy require some form of post-secondary education or training, if not a four-year college degree.

Jones is the association’s vice president for “smartforce” development and advocates for federal, state and local policies that help develop the skilled employees manufacturers need. He is eager to dispel the notion that manufacturing is a dirty and dying sector of the U.S. economy when it employs 12 million people and by itself produces what would rank as the ninth-largest gross domestic product in the world.

"Most manufacturing facilities are brightly lit, clean, everything is run by computer,” Jones said. “We are the highest-paying industry in the country. When politicians talk about middle-class jobs, we have those.”

The manufacturing technology industry produces machining tools and other equipment. The Association for Manufacturing Technology, based in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored the Orlando conference with two other groups, both with headquarters in the Cleveland area: the National Tooling and Machining Association and the Precision Metalforming Association.

The next Miles for Manufacturing run and walk will occur in Cleveland during the Association for Manufacturing Technology's 2015 Global Forecasting and Marketing Conference, scheduled Oct. 13-15 at the InterContinental Cleveland.
WIRE-Net and the Friends of Max Hayes will stage their own fund-raising 5K, the Race to the MAX!, on April 18. Participants will travel from the existing Max Hayes to the school's new site.