Physics, Chem Students Tour Local Paint Plant

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Students in Mr. James De Haan’s AP Physics and Honors Physics classes, and Mr. Robert Black’s AP Chemistry class recently visited the Axalta Manufacturing Plant in Mt. Clemens, MI. The 40 students learned about careers in engineering, attending a Paint 101 presentation and touring the plant to learn first-hand how paint is produced. The program is part of Axalta’s initiative to motivate students to consider careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Mr. De Haan said, “The trip to Axalta was an amazing opportunity for the De La Salle students who are interested in engineering careers. The tour gave the students a chance to see and talk to engineers in their working environment. It gave the students valuable insight that will help them make decisions as they continue on to college and their careers. Overall, the Axalta field trip provided our students with an experience that they couldn’t get in a classroom.”

Axalta is a global company with 145 years of experience  focused solely on coatings. The company serves more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries.


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