Philadelphia High School Establishes Advanced Manufacturing Program

This donation will enable students to receive the advanced training required to enter the manufacturing field after graduating high school.

March 2023 (Tolland, Conn.) - Mastercam, the world's #1 CAM software, and Andrew Crowe, influential manufacturing leader and speaker to the White House and Pentagon, recently presented Benjamin Franklin High School with software, equipment, and vision to establish an advanced manufacturing program. This donation will enable students to receive the advanced training required to enter the manufacturing field after graduating high school.

Andrew Crowe, often referred to as the leader of the New American Manufacturing Renaissance, shared his story and his vision with students to connect them to the opportunities available in a career in advanced manufacturing. Mastercam has provided the school with Mastercam software, training resources, and equipment to help the students develop advanced manufacturing skills they can use to build a successful future.

The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that 2.1 million jobs may go unfilled by 2030 due to a lack of skilled manufacturing workforce. Additionally, a career as a machinist in Philadelphia earns on average $52,000 annually (Intuit). The vision of Mr. Crowe and the resources provided by Mastercam will enable the students at Benjamin Franklin High School to fill this manufacturing skills gap in the years to come.

"Andrew Crowe will help the students understand the infinite number of opportunities to work as machinists, engineers, designers and more by learning to use the valuable tools now available at Benjamin Franklin High School," said Laura Hood, Chief Administrative Officer at Mastercam. "Helping Benjamin Franklin develop this advanced manufacturing program means we will help inspire the next generation of makers and innovators to seek a career in manufacturing."
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About Mastercam
Founded in 1983, CNC Software, LLC is headquartered in Tolland, Connecticut, with corporate offices in China. The company develops Mastercam, a suite of CAD/CAM software created to reduce production time and expense with efficient machining strategies and advanced toolpath technologies like Accelerated Finishing™ and Dynamic Motion™. Mastercam is the world's #1 CAM software, with more than 300,000 installations in industries such as moldmaking, automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer products, education, and prototyping. It is distributed through an international channel of authorized Mastercam Resellers in 75 countries, providing localized sales, training, and support for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling, and turning; 2- and 4-axis wire EDM; 2D and 3D design; surface and solid modeling; artistic relief cutting; and Swiss machining. For more information, visit    

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