The following article showcases teaching and learning efforts at Mountain View College. This series is part of an effort to showcase faculty, students, and innovative class work across the institution.
What teaching and learning opportunity exists or recently occurred at Mountain View College (MVC)?
The Mechatronics program which featured many job opportunities, internships, research opportunities, and 18 recipients of Advanced Manufacturer’s Certification in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2016. The Mechatronics Program consists of four classes in order to earn an Advanced Manufacturing/Mechatronics Technology Certification.
What about this topic are you most excited about?
I am very excited to announce the program was a success. Taking college students and getting them permanent jobs. Then We took 18 rising 9th graders and introduced a rigorous summer program. It was a vision to change the North Texas Drop-Out rate, by introducing Dual Credit classes to them early on where their culture would be formed in the hallways of Mountain View College. We partnered with Kimball and Duncanville High School to try and make a direct difference on student outcome. By taking the two summer courses, the students were able to achieve the certification within one year. Plus, allowing them to gain 16 college hours. The students will continue on with their Associate Degree in Applied Science in Engineering, Electronics or a STEM related field.
Why is this topic so important to everyone at MVC?
In empowers students to become innovative, creative, and gives the qualifications and skills to accomplish a job. We involve tough critical thinking projects, a hands-on-approach to manufacturing by subtraction or addition. Through CNC concepts to 3-D Printing, we produce products from initial conceptual beginning.
What will/did participants learn or take away from this experience?
We took the students to compete at Hack-a-Thon competition sponsored by ATT&T, Ericson, Texas Instruments, Raytheon where they had to answer Engineering questions through Coding/Programming and building circuits. Well we competed against Sophomore’s in college and one group placed 2nd in the competition. The Sponsor from UTA informed me he could not believe these guys are freshman and Juniors in High School, we would accept all of them and the transfers.
What is some of the feedback you received regarding this topic?
Very hands on. Able to understand science concepts and convert them to practical automated, autonomous processes. Ability to identify IEEE standards and codes. Fun and exciting, “I was able to take technology and create something,”
If people would like to learn more about this topic, where would you point them towards?
The DCCCD website. Search Big Fish in Big Pond story of MVC students interning at Los Alamos and doing well. Mechatronics in DCCCD home page.