Students at Glidden-Ralston High School help unload equipment for a new agricultural mechanics shop in Glidden. The school won the ag. shop makeover sponsored by Iowa State in October.
Students at Glidden-Ralston High School help unload equipment for a new agricultural mechanics shop in Glidden. The school won the ag. shop makeover sponsored by Iowa State in October.
April 15, 2013



Glidden

Students at Glidden-Ralston High School helped volunteers from Iowa State University set up most of a new $500,000 agricultural mechanics facility Saturday.

The school won the first-ever agriculture mechanics makeover in September through the Iowa State University Agricultural Education Program.

So far, students in the agriculture department helped lay a new floor in the old agriculture shop at the school in Glidden and put up a large cage in the room, which will be able to be locked so the school can keep tractors and other expensive objects and only have the cage open with adult supervision.

Last weekend, students helped haul in small hand tools, electrical tools, air compressors and some new stands for the equipment to go on.

The school is still waiting to receive some welding machines and small engines for students to work on.

The new shop will bring a new curriculum along with it.

The agricultural program at Glidden-Ralston will switch to a case study curriculum, which is designed to give students more hands-on experience and increase their appeal to future employers, according to Glidden-Ralston FFA instructor Gary Clark.

Clark said he heard about the Iowa State University Extreme Agricultural Mechanics Makeover during an FFA teachers conference.

He said it sounded like a good opportunity for Glidden-Ralston because when Clark started a year-and-a-half ago he made it a goal to begin an ag-mechanics class but he couldn't because the school didn't have the necessary equipment.

The project was expected to be done by the end of March, however, the project was delayed slightly due to some unexpected turnover of students between semesters at Iowa State.

Student Dylan Rauge previously told the Daily Times Herald that he looks forward to the new shop because he wants to be able to weld and fix machines on his own to help on his family farm.

He said the agriculture program at Glidden-Ralston has already seen some changes since he began teaching.