Alumni Gift to UT

June  04, 2014

      Thanks to the generosity of two alumni, students at United Township High School can learn how modern manufacturing is done. Today the school announced it's received the first gift from the estate of Kenneth and Sharon Glassman.

      UT Superintendent, Jay Morrow, says the 30,000 dollars was used to buy a "computer numerical control" machine for the manufacturing technology program at the Career Center.

      "A student will be able to generate something on the computer, design it all on the computer. Then hook it up to this machine, and the machine will mill it for them based on the prototype they create on the computer."

       Morrow says the Glassmans graduated from U-T in 1947, and worked in local factories all their lives - she worked at the International Harvester plant in East Moline, while he worked for Johnson Sheet Metal. They saved their money and created the Ken and Sharon Glassman Endowment Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend. 

     Each year, 50 to 60 students at UT participate in the manufacturing technology program. Purchase of the new machine was also made possible by a 5,000 dollar gift from Alcoa.