Through business partnerships and community support, ECCHS constructed the Granite Lab and the development of Granite Technology courses in 1979-80. The Granite Capital of the World now has its own secondary training facility.
Granite Technology is designed to orient and train students in the major phases of granite finishing. Students learn the basics of first aid, shop safety, apprentice program, measurement, granite technology, tool and machines. Each student will take part in diamond sawing, polishing, hand polishing, sandblasting, layouts, stencil cutting and fundamentals of stone cutting.
The Monucad software was donated to the Granite Lab by Elberton Office Equipment and Monucad Computer Application Inc. in Cherry Valley, N.Y. Efforts by granite manufacturing companies made this possible.
The Monucad is used to draw layouts, letterings, logos, and designs on a rubber stone covering. After the design is printed on the cover, it is sent to a stencil cutter to be automatically traced and cut. It is then placed on the granite pieces to be sandblasted.