The Kaskaskia College Computer Technology Drafting Advisory Board met recently. Professor Rich Rittenhouse presented the Drafting Technology agenda which included the minutes and assessment report for 2012. The meeting opened with board members sharing the business activities for their company’s.
Rittenhouse reported that the drafting program has 90 enrollments for fall 2013. It was noted that eleven students have already been placed in internship or full time employment. Student interns that attended the meeting discussed the experience each has gained in their internships. Each found that the KC program prepared them for the working world of drafting and CAD.
The Pre-engineering program was also discussed. Enrollment continues to increase. These students continue to find the drafting certificate programs a benefit as they continue their four year degrees.
A working relationship with NCI Building Systems Inc. has been established. Mr. Dan Dekalb of NCI Building Systems Inc. and Kaskaskia College graduate will be on campus October 29 to discuss additional employment opportunities for our students throughout their U.S. offices
Plans to expand the Drafting program are being considered for the new Trenton Education Center. Curriculum is being developed that will allow high school students to earn Kaskaskia College drafting certificates. These certificates are aimed at preparing students for the many inter related occupations that utilize drafting skills.
In closing the Drafting advisory board shared with the students attending that solid basic skills and work ethics are important factors to employment opportunities.
Those who atteneded the meeting were Joe Biagi (Centralia) of Big 3 Precision in Centralia; Robert Jervis (Breese) of Life Structures in St.Louis; Konrad Scaff (Greenville) of Bettendorf Standford of Salem (Student Intern); Kaskaskia College Professor of Computer Drafting Technology, Richard Rittenhouse; Morjan Englemann (Nashville) of CF Fabricators (Student Intern) in Hoffman. In back is Doug Kell of Nashville High School; Brent Taylor (Salem) of Rhutasel and Associate in Centralia; Russ Huegen (Albers) of Bachman Machine in St. Louis; Dale Blohm (Nashville), Retired Engineer and Instructor; Gary Phillips (Centralia) of Heneghan and Associates in Centralia; and Josh Lappe (Breese) of Arrow Group in Breese.