April 2014 – Meeting Review

April Monthly Meeting

By Emily Liner

Wake Technical Community College is North Carolina’s largest community college, serving nearly 70,000 students annually with five campuses, two training centers, multiple community sites, and a comprehensive array of online learning options. It is the state’s largest community college, offering 180 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates to prepare students for employment or university transfer.  Our guest speaker this month was Patricia Godin; the Division Dean of Applied Engineering & Technologies at Wake Tech. She introduced the proposed course outline for Associate in Science Degree at the monthly IFMA Chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 9.

Wake Tech offers Innovative educational opportunities within the Applied Engineering & Technologies department. The division has three areas of focus: Applied Engineering & Design Technologies, Skilled Trades & Construction Technologies, and Transportation Technologies.

Applied Engineering & Design Technologies includes studies in many different areas, such as architectural civil, biopharmaceutical, landscape, environmental, and mechanical engineering technology; just to name a few.  The Skilled Trades & Construction Technologies consist of air conditioning, heating & refrigeration technology as well as plumbing and welding; and the Transportation Technologies contains focus in automotive systems technology.

This program understands that math and science are a big part of our everyday lives; we rely on math and science to evaluate economic conditions, understand our environment, and plan for our futures. Coursework includes the communication and computational skills required to support the desire field of study. Classes focus on such things as materials testing, structures, estimating, project management, hydraulics, environmental technology, surveying, hands-on architectural drafting and sketching diagrams, interpreting blueprints, and practicing plumbing assembly. Additional coursework will cover the operation of computers and application software, including computer-aided drafting; better known as CAD.  The fact is a strong background in math and science opens doors to higher-paying jobs and greater opportunities over a lifetime. Jobs requiring these skills are growing five times faster than others and are expected to cover 65 percent of the job market. Once students graduate, they may decide to pursue design work, fabrication, installation, or service work in a residential or commercial setting. Demands are high for qualified individuals in any focus of this field or work.

Patricia has shared her contact information with our chapter for any member who interested in attending an advisory session about the program or to find out more about the program and what Wake Tech can do for you and your career. pagodin@waketech.edu – 919.866.5170 – Twitter account @wtcc_aet