Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Business

March 14, 2014

Engineering/technology programs prepare students

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CEA allows students to explore the fields of civil engineering and architecture through activities related to residential design, design of commercially constructed structures, structural engineering and project development for communities. Students utilize a CAD program called Autodesk Revit Architecture in order to develop and document designs for their projects.

EDD resembles a college-level research and design capstone course that allows for an open-ended design challenge to be explored. Students select their own project that focuses on developing an innovation to a problem where students research patents, design a solution, prototype their solution, test and evaluate the proposed solution and present their findings on the results.

All PLTW courses are dual credited through Ivy Tech.

Along with PLTW, BHS has adopted the Hire Technology Program to deliver concepts associated with advanced manufacturing and logistics. The introduction to advanced manufacturing and logistics course provides dual credit opportunities for students as well as three industry certifications. Students explore concepts related to automation and robotics, CNC technology, quality control, safety, logistics, operations and basic business principles. Promoted by Gov. Mike Pence, this program seeks to revitalize manufacturing in Indiana by preparing students with the skills they need to be successful when working in an advanced manufacturing environment.

Introduction to construction is a stand-alone course offered in the ETE program in order to teach students the facets of construction technology. Students learn about use of tools, processes, architectural design and building construction materials and methods to produce structures.

This program has seen great support from local organizations and industries in Batesville with generous contributions for advancing the educational opportunities for students. Batesville Community Education Foundation, Hillenbrand Inc., the John W. Hillenbrand Vision Fund for Quality Education Fund and the Bemis Co. have been very influential in providing competitive grant funds toward the purchase of equipment and supplies.

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