Two instructors at the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center recently received program modernization grants for their classrooms. FETC’s Cisco Networking program, instructed by Dusty Campbell, as well as the Welding Technology program, instructed by Billy Poling, are both recipients of these grants. Program modernization grants allow career and technical education (CTE) centers to purchase new, upgraded equipment for classroom use.
The Cisco Networking program used its grant money to purchase approximately $20,000 worth of equipment, including Cisco 1941 routers, 2960 switches, and updated fluke network test equipment. The Welding Technology program purchased five new welders, four of which are multi-process machines. Welders with multi-process technology allow students to practice shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), and gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) all with one machine.
Program modernization grants provide CTE centers with opportunities to stay up-to-date with advancements in technical career fields. Since FETC’s mission goals include helping students acquire the job skills necessary to gain employment after graduation, it is important that each program models situations found in a real-world job setting. The new equipment in the Cisco Networking and Welding Technology programs will bring students in these disciplines one step closer to the “real thing.”
Write-up submitted by Dusty Campbell, Cisco Instructor at FETC and Dr. Michael Cutright, Director, FETC