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Alumni authenticity reinforces lab instruction

Attentive students absorb field expertise ...
Attentive students absorb field expertise …
... during a visit to PennDOT's local district office this month.
… during a visit to PennDOT’s local district office this month.

About 40 students in Technical Drawing-Related Disciplines classes (CCD237) recently took a field trip to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s District 3 office in Montoursville, where alumni employees showed them real-world examples of road and bridge design, along with firsthand applications of cutting-edge technology. Presentations were offered by William C. Harrison III, a 1999 graduate in electronics technology: computer automation maintenance emphasis, assigned to PennDOT’s Computer Aided Design and Drafting Support Unit; and Jonathan R. Richardson, a 2007 surveying technology alumnus, employed as a survey technician. Their insight supplemented material in the course, which is required in Penn College’s two-year engineering CAD technology and four-year engineering design technology degrees. Katherine A. Walker, assistant professor of engineering design technology; and Shane A. Schreck and Kendra N. Tomassacci, instructors of engineering design technology, accompanied the students. “We are very fortunate that our local employers provide opportunities to visit their facilities, as it is very beneficial students connect their classroom experience to real-world applications,” Walker said.
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