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Scroll - April 2017
Merced College - Friday, April 28th, 2017, 6:30 am
President Bob Casey opened the meeting, followed by introduction of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dean, James Andersen. Jim provided an introduction to the programs he overseen: Mechanized Agriculture Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Welding, Computer-Aided Drafting, Computer Networking, Automotive, Industrial Electric Technical, and Industrial Maintenance among others. The programs listed are part of the Workplace Internship Network (WIN) that trains students for certification and entry level positions in as short as 18 weeks. In order to accomplish the curriculum in 18 weeks, students meet with instructors for up to five hours daily, five days per week. Upon completion of their certification students have an opportunity to continue their education and work on the job with their recently acquired skills as they continue their education toward additional certifications and their associates degree.
Following the introduction Dean Andersen introduced three faculty members: Darol Fishman - Mech Ag, Tim Donovan - Mech Ag, and Chad Russell - Welding Tech. The faculty members then introduced the 2017 Merced Sunrise Rotary Vocational Scholarship recipients. The outstanding student in Welding Technology is Daniel Cuvas, while Paul Jantz received the outstanding Mechanized Agriculture scholarship.
Jim then accompanied us to the classrooms and labs, here students are provided instruction in this shortened, but intense curriculum. It was noted that the equipment used by students is state of the art as many business and industry partners are involved to assure students know the latest techniques and equipment in use today.