Two FDTC Students Visit Washington, D.C.
FDTC students travel to nation's capital
Two Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) students recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 24th National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators (PI) Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on October 23-25, 2017.
Selected students, Alyssa Ward and Josh Wos, both in their second year studying Civil Engineering Technology (CET), were nominated by Department Chair, Kamil Zakhour to attend the Washington D.C. conference as ATE Student Scholarship recipients.
The students developed and showcased their “Solar Walkway Project.” Their showcase consisted of a presentation of their proposal design for the construction of a covered walk-way for students, staff, and faculty between major ends of the FDTC campus. The project outlined the required area of the walkway, construction design of solar roof joints, and the land survey for accuracy. Their showcase also included detailed drawings of the project and the calculations used in design.
The conference was hosted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with the support of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SCATE) Center coordinated and facilitated their participation.
The conference brought together approximately 850 people to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Key people working on ATE projects from across the country participated in the conference. Attendees of the conference represented community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems, and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas such as: information technology, engineering technology, microand nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.