Students in the Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology programs at the Center for Innovation (CFI) are exploring the world of robotics with the VEX Robotics system. Mrs. Chandra Lawson, instructor of Engineering, at the CFI spoke of the value of robotics technology in the field of engineering whether it be in electrical systems or mechanical systems. “Advanced manufacturing plants utilize robotics technology on an everyday production basis,” said Mr. Gary Karr, instructor of Industrial Technology.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer students training that will prepare them for the rigors and challenges of the 21st century workplace”, said Dr. James M. Davis, CFI Principal. The Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs of study are comprehensive in their scope. Students are provided with technical training in computer assisted drafting (CAD), robotics, electrical systems, motor controls, welding technology and metal fabrication processes, residential construction to include electrical wiring, plumbing systems, and air conditioning technology (HVAC), as well as computer science based programmable logic controls (PLC’s) and mechatronics, and 3D printing technology which is known as additive manufacturing.
Students can earn college credit in both programs through established agreements with University of the Cumberlands and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Students can also qualify to earn to recognized industry certifications such as AutoDesk Inventor (CAD) operator and Electrical Technician through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).