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Washburn, F. E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 5, No. 2 (May 1901)

The Summer School for Apprentices and Artisans in the College of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin,   pp. 201-207


Page 202


202                TDe Wisconsin,t Engineer.
and from prominent educators for his enthusiasm and pro-
gressiveness in actually doing what other schools have only dared
to think about. The school will be devoted to the instruction of
that immense body of young men who have gone into industrial
occupations direct from the high school or even from the grades.
At present almost the only way they have of obtaining the prac-
tical training needed is by means of the correspondence schools.
That there is a great demand for this education is shown by the
fact that one of these correspondence schools has on its lists 250,-
ooo names, and of this number thousands are Wisconsin men.
If there are so manv who have this desire for training, the re-
markable advantages of the Wisconsin engineering department
can scarcely fail to be appreciated and enjoyed.
  Dean Johnson has for an ideal, toward which he will endeavor
to conform his plan as the school progresses, a system of schools
by which a boy of ability, though he have only a rudimentary
education, may work upward from one to the other to the most
perfect training in his profession.
  This school has been established for the benefit of machinists,
carpenters, or sheet-metal workers; stationary, marine, or loco-
motive engineers; shop foremen and superintendents of water
works, electric light plants, power stations, factories, large office
and store buildings in cities; and for the young men who wish to
qualify themselves for such positions. For these employments
the full four years' professional courses in engineering are not
required, and yet to satisfy the present demand upon this class
of men it is necessary for them to obtain considerable theoretical
and practical knowledge not commonly taught in any of our
schools.
  In the case of apprentices the purpose of the school is to give
them a certain amount of theoretical and practical instruction
in the line of their trade, which they would not get in the shops,
but it is not the purpose of the school to give the shop practice
which they are expected to receive in serving their apprentice-
ship.
  The machine trades lie at the basis of all manufacturing, and
superiority in these very largely sustains our modern national
prosperity. The practical abandonment of the apprenticeship
system, also, as a result of the very general adoption of labor-


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