High school students, members of the public and others around the area had the opportunity Friday morning to explore a place “Like No Other.”
The Kansas Technology Center opened its doors for its twice-yearly open house and provided a range of demonstrations and experiences for anyone interested in learning more about what is learned in the building.
“The No. 1 goal is to provide students some exposure to some of the current technologies,” said John Iley, professor of technology and workforce learning.
He said the primary purpose of the day is to visit with students about the college experience as it relates to a career in technology.
Professors and students were on hand, and each group’s journey began with a tour of the facility and the pointing out of areas where demonstrations would take place.
Students then had the opportunity to return later and engage with the demonstration process.
“It’s a unique opportunity and a unique format,” Iley said, adding that the College of Technology has adopted the slogan, “Like No Other.”
“You can go to other institutions that have technology, but what really differentiates the Kansas Technology Center is ... so many nationally ranked programs,” Iley said.
“You just don’t find many that have that much in one location,” he said.
Both Pitt State and prospective students spend the day enjoying.
Mechanical engineering masters student Himani Singh eagerly spoke about her work measuring the strengths of various metals, plastics and other materials, and also showed off demonstrations of how hydraulic power is used to stop brakes on vehicles.
Blake Paulie, a senior at Erie High School, tried out the Caterpillar equipment simulation and practiced digging.
“It took a couple seconds of getting used to,” he said, adding that then it was fairly simple.
Paulie said he is headed to the Air Force upon graduation, but is considering his options for when he returns.
Page 2 of 2 - Jon Bartlow, associate director of admission, said this is a valuable opportunity for the prospective students to explore and for the university to recruit.
“We always want to make sure we give them some general information about the university,” he said, adding that this includes seeing the value of the tuition dollars. “Hopefully, these things can tip them to the side,” Bartlow said.
Bob Schroer, assistant professor of automotive technology, said the opportunities abound for technology graduates.
“We’ve got more opportunities than we’ve got students to fill them,” he said. “Our students fulfill what’s called product support.”
Schroer said students may end up being field representatives or engineers and Pitt State graduates are well placed around the world, with some of his former students working for companies such as Caterpillar.
“Anywhere it’s at, there’s a possibility there may be a Pitt graduate,” Schroer said.