Building the Next Generation of Technical Professionals
Ernie Kulik, retired Program Manager from Eaton Corporation joined the WIRE-Net Technical Corps Program (TCP) in January to assist students and teachers working on a RoboBots project. Students in the Precision Machining Training (PMT) class at Max S. Hayes Career and Technical High School will compete at the AWT RoboBots Battle on April 30, 2016 at Lakeland Community College. Ernie has been able to utilize his project management, manufacturing, and industry skills to facilitate the students' design and build of the team robot. The Technical Corps member assists the students in designing the robot and its weapons at school, and coaches the team in planning, maintaining deadlines, and constructing a documentation portfolio.
Ernie remarks that his main reason for pursuing the TCP is to give back. WIRE-Net hopes that manufacturing human resource managers will see the Technical Corps Program as one way to develop talent. TCP provides a way for Max S. Hayes Career and Technical students to work alongside industry experts to prepare for pre-apprenticeships and other out of school learning opportunities, as well as develop the skills to succeed in college and career pathways.
Technicians in the classroom enhance student learning objectives by supporting Max Hayes teachers with manufacturing related project-based learning experiences. These experiences require students to conduct research, work collaboratively with others, engage in cross-curricular studies, and finish with a project presentation.
The WIRE-Net Technical Corps Program (TCP) is an opportunity through Encore Cleveland whose mission is to channel the time, energy, and talents of experienced Clevelanders into solving community challenges and filling unmet needs. Funding for this program comes from a generous grant of The Cleveland Foundation.
Technical Corps Members serve ten hours per week for an academic semester and are compensated for their time.
WIRE-Net is looking for more Technical Corps members who are welding, machining, or manufacturing design technicians, either retired or in transition to serve a variety of roles, including subject matter experts, teacher assistants, and manufacturing career champions at the new High School. Deadline to apply for this school year is March 11, 2016.
For an application to join TCP please contact Workforce Development Manager Jessica Westropp at 216.588.1444.