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The Shop Rat Foundation, Inc.

Back to School and Back to the Shop Rat Classroom!

With the summer winding down and school starting back up, The Shop Rat Education Program is kicking off registration! Programs are available in Jackson, Ingham, and Lenawee Counties. Our classes are designed for students in grades 6-12, with each class providing students and opportunity to work on construction, engineering, machining, welding and advanced manufacturing (additive manufacturing and/or mechatronics) projects. All classes are hands-on and project based and include career exploration activities and skill development centers focused on measurement and safety. Class space is limited, click on this link below to get enrolled today!

Students who have completed the Introductory Shop Rat Class or Camp and wish to continue in the Developing and Advanced level classes, must receive approval from our Program Coordinator, Rachael Wingle, in order to participate. Please contact Rachael by emailing her at

Tuition rates range in price from $85-$100 per student per class.

Mi Enterprise: Entrepreneurial Program for Youth

This year, our community partners, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge, the Academy for Manufacturing Careers, the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association and Jackson Makerspace are offering an opportunity for students enrolled in grades 9-12 to participate in a youth run company! The program will meet Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Jackson Makerspace. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00pm at the Jackson Makerspace.

We look forward to seeing you this fall!

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About Us

The Shop Rat Foundation is a 501 c3 non-profit organization with a mission to ignite interest in manufacturing careers among youth through innovation and outreach. Through the Shop Rat Education Program, 3,000 youth, enrolled in grades 6-12 will participate in interactive opportunities allowing them to gain exposure to, explore and prepare for manufacturing and skilled trades careers annually.