On April 22nd and 24th, the CAD Drafting and Tooling program hosted two open houses for high school students to learn more about the opportunities the program offers.
On April 12th, at The Granger Center for Construction and HVACR, Big Rapids Middle School students were able to get hands-on with some exciting Science, Technology, and Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) activities!
Ferris State University Hosted SkillsUSA State Competition for Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR)
The Corporate and Professional Development Center (CPD) enter into three Skills Trade Training Fund (STTF) agreements with the following Michigan Works agencies: Gentex ($80,000), Yoplait ($81,000), and Reed City Tooling ($15,000). Additionally, CPD and Morbark received $19,200 in Workforce Investment Act --Incumbent Worker funds to train its rapidly expanding workforce.
On March 28th, 85 high school students from surrounding areas toured the facilities of the Plastics and Rubber programs. The students received hands-on experience of the curriculums after an informational presentation.
Omicron II, the Ferris State University's chapter in Sigma Lambda Chi international honor society, has earned the recognition as the 2014 International Outstanding Chapter. The group was recognized during the annual meeting of the International Conference of the Associated Schools of Construction. Assistant Professor Daniel Pratt and Dr. John Schmidt advise the chapter.
Over 700 students will participate in Ferris State University's Corporate & Professional Development (CPD) summer Motorcycle Safety Training. The training, which began on April 25th, includes a Basic RiderCourse and the Returning Rider Basic RiderCourse. Over the next four months, the courses will be offered in five different locations throughout West Michigan to educate attendees.
The CPDC is currently training over one hundred employees for three West Michigan companies. These training activities involve 13 faculty members and are expected to yield four thousand dollars of revenue for participating University programs.
Fancisco Iniguez, a student in the HVACR program, was one of three next generation HVACR Technicians to be awarded $10,000 from the hilmor Retool Your Future 2013 Scholarship Contest. As a grand prize winner, he was also awarded the new hilmor Starter Tool Kit and all-expense paid travel to the AHR Expo 2014 in New York City. A merchandising Green Wall with tools from the Starter Kit was donated by hilmor and is on display in the Granger Building.
Hannah Morris, a Plastics Engineering Technology student, is one of the recipients of the DME Plastics University program $1000 student scholarship. This scholarship is part of the DME Company's Continuing Education Support program to ensure the addition of exceptional students to the plastics industry.
The annual Woodbridge Ferris MATHCOUNTS Competitiontook place on February 7th, and was coordinated by Mechanical Engineering Professor Chuck Drake. More than 100 sixth through eighth grade "mathletes" from eight schools participated in the event. The Big Rapids Middle School team placed first and will continue on to the state competition along with three individual students.
Team Sustainable Michigan, comprising of Architecture and Facility Management and Energy Systems Engineering students from Ferris, LCC, and KCAD, has been selected as one of twenty teams invited to compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon. Last fall, the team submitted an inter-institutional application to the biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team will now begin the two-year process of building solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence and present at the Fall, 2015, competition in Irvine, California.