Area high schools to benefit from applied technology simulators

Area high school students who haven’t previously had the opportunity to learn about electrical technology, or heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, will have that opportunity this fall.
    That’s thanks to four new applied technology simulators that will be rolled out by Mid-Plains Community College.
     “We want to fill a gap,” said Gail Knott, MPCC area associate dean of outreach. “We want to introduce students to curriculum that a lot of our area schools don’t have the means to provide.”
    The simulators are the result of an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) project started in June of 2016. The purpose of the project was to expand technical learning opportunities within MPCC’s 18-county service area.
    “After some discussion, our committee decided something needed to be done in the high schools,” said Knott. “We surveyed the principals, superintendents and counselors at all 35 high schools within our service area, and 96 percent of them said the simulators would be useful.”
    The survey also indicated a need for training in two main areas: electrical and HVACR.
    After months of research, the committee found exactly what it was looking for in Indiana-based Amatrol, a company that creates innovative, interactive equipment for industries and education.
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