700 high school students considering career options at Kansas Technology Center

More than 700 students descended on the Kansas Technology Center on Friday to explore academic programs as they begin to craft a career plan for their future after high school — a record high, organizers said.

Many were from high schools in Crawford County, but there were several buses arriving hours away, including teachers from Circle High School in Towanda, Kansas – nearly 3 hours away, as well as schools further afield. like Illinois and Texas.

“It’s worth it,” said Daniel Guthrie, who teaches technology classes at Circle High School and brought 21 students.

“I am convinced of the quality of the programs here, and this day is a great way for our students to experience it in a practical way. It’s a way to get in touch with students who are already enrolled in these programs, to speak directly with the professors, so that they can see exactly what it is. I encourage other teachers to bring their classes too.

Eric Gudde, a technology education teacher at Frontenac (Kansas) High School, brought in 40 students and said at least half of them were interested in a career in graphic design, photography, or building-programs nationally known and much loved in Pittsburg State.

“These are students coming out of our building trades and digital media courses. So they were well exposed to it in high school and are ready to take it to the next level,” he said.

Michelle Laubenstein, director of career and technical education at Fort Scott High School (Kansas), brought 34 students, many of whom also expressed an interest in graphic design.

“We bring our students interested in automotive and other technologies in the spring because we hit the peak numbers for this one this fall,” she said.

His daughter, Anna, a graphic design graduate, was one of them.

“It’s good to see what kinds of things are available here, and to see the products and packaging the students have made,” she said. “I’m still exploring my options as to where to go. Seeing all items in person is important.

TOC day

Tanner Wiles, a junior from Southeast High School in Cherokee, Kansas, was back for his third year. One of his stops was the Plastics Engineering Technology Lab, where Professor Rebeca Book was showing two Pittsburgh high school students the latest equipment the lab has to offer.

“I’m still deciding,” Wiles said. “Every year they add new things, and it’s a chance to see it and understand my path.”

University students helped organize tours, taking students to each of the College of Technology’s 15 program areas:

  • • Automotive
  • • Construction (construction engineering, construction technology, construction management, electrical, environmental and safety management, interior design)
  • • Engineering Technology (Electronics Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Engineering)
  • • Graphics and imaging technologies
  • • Technology and Workforce Learning (Technology and Engineering Education, Workforce Development, Wood Technology)

Demonstrations ranged from 3D printing and robotics and animation to heavy equipment and high pressure water jet cutting.

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