Month: December 2016

Real World Experience Matters

Students need to make a choice whether to go off to college or delve directly into work. Neither is a wrong choice, but both opportunities need to be available based on the students ability and desire.  By offering a variety of internships both for…

FAB Lab Gives Students Real-World Experience

A fab lab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.  (Source Wikipedia) …

Ag students’ project hits the mark in Oklahoma

Steel targets made by Pryor agriculture education students will make a big difference to Pryor Police Department.  Students created four steel knocking-down shooting targets.  The PPD collaborated with the school by furnishing the supplies to the students, while Mr. Taylor, Ag teacher, and students supplied…

Jones County Junior College’s welding program earns Silver Endorsement

The Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA) Endorsement Program identifies those industrial construction training programs throughout the Central Gulf Coast region which are training at or above industry standards.  There are countless benefits to being a CGIA endorsed school, including access to guest speakers, industrial…

Next Generation Welder Learning Facility

The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT) has opened the “Next Generation Welder Learning Facility” on its Troy (Ohio) campus. The completely new 16,000-plus square foot building began hosting classes in late October, and is an important addition to the 13-acre campus that has…

What is the “Tech Skills Gap”?

As tech spreads to every industry the demand for skilled professionals is growing fast. Tech and computer jobs are especially hard to fill, with 71 percent of companies with unfilled positions seeking qualified workers in technology or math. (Source: Entrepreneur) By building a bridge between the unemployed…

National industry certifications are closing the skills gap

To reap the full benefits of certifications, industry and academia have to continue to enhance their support.  Click here to read Leo Reddy’s article from Modern Materials Handling.