Moving forward by leaps and bounds….
New Courses in Electrical Training being offered Spring Semester.
Kelli Gaines, Title III Activity Director
Program course offerings for the Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy Technologies were approved in August 2012 and courses are underway. Three new courses to LCC will be offered this spring semester: PLU 101 Piping Skills, ELT 101 Survey of Electronics, and ELT 106 Fundamentals of DC/AC. These courses will utilize state-of-the-art electronic learning systems manufactured by Amatrol. Amatrol is a leading vendor for technical training systems.
PLU 101 Piping Skills (Mondays 2:00-4:30 p.m.) will run the entire 16 weeks of the semester. This course is designed to teach students how to install and select the correct pipe and joining methods for various systems and applications.
ELT 101 Survey of Electronics (Monday & Wednesday 6:00-8:30 p.m., Jan. 7-Mar. 1) will run the first 8 weeks of the semester. This course will teach students the fundamental concepts and principles of electronics, reading schematics, constructing electronic circuits, using test instruments and understanding the general operation of common electronic systems and circuits.
ELT 106 Fundamentals of DC/AC (Monday & Wednesday 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Mar. 4 -Apr. 26) will run the last 8 weeks of the semester and will be a continuation of ELT 101. In ELT 106 students will learn to identify and practice safe work habits, measurevoltage, current and resistance with an analog and digital multimeter. They will be able to describe the power distribution system from the power plant to the circuit breaker box, explain the importance of the ground wire and GFCI, and construct and test circuits with resistors, inductors and capacitors.
85-MT2 Alternators/Synchronous Motor Learning System: This learning system teaches students how to operate, install and analyze alternate and synchronous electrical systems under various types of electrical loads.
96-ELF1 Electrical Fabrication 1 Learning System: Enables students to gain hands on experience with basic wiring and installation of basic electrical components.
T7017-A AC/DC Electrical Learning System: Students learn how to troubleshoot basic AC/DC electrical circuits.
950-MES1 Measurement Tools Learning System: Focuses on the use of measurement tools to include digital and dial calipers and an application of units for dimensional gauging.
We are excited to have completed our first semester of pilot courses for the Renewable Energy Program in the Fall Semester. We had students enrolled in ENY 101: Introduction to Energy Technologies, ENY 102: Building Energy Audit Techniques, and WTG 100: Introduction to Wind Energy. ENY 101 had professionals from several different companies engaged in renewable energy programs present to the students. The presenters were from Shell Wind Energy, Honeywell, Southeast Colorado Power and Lamar Light and Power. ENY 102 conducted several lab exercises with the capstone program of the class having students conducting an energy audit and making recommendations for energy upgrades based on the audit. The students in WTG 100 studied numerous examples of wind tower layouts and formats. The students gained an in-depth understanding of power systems through first-hand presentations from an experienced wind turbine engineer.
These classes are well on their way to providing the needed skills for the current and upcoming occupations in the energy fields. The students in these classes will understand the operational basics for solar, geothermal, wind and hydro systems and understand design aspects of wind and solar systems. Students will be able to describe and understand plumbing and electrical concepts and read and comprehend schematics. We look forward to increasing class size and introducing 6 new pilot courses in the summer and fall semesters. We will begin to graduate students starting in the Spring semester of 2014.
Berna Griego, Transfer Coordinator
On November 7th LSS/TRiO hosted its annual Transfer Fair. At this year’s Transfer Fair there were twelve four-year colleges and universities in attendance. The event was well attended and gave the students the opportunity to speak with multiple colleges about transfer options and what each individual college has to offer students. There were four different universities that provided drawings for students who attended. The winners of the drawings are Petal Isadore (Texas Tech prize), Stephanie Delgado (Regis University prize), Ronald McDowell (Fort Lewis College prize), and Tremayne Leverette (American Public University prize). The following schools were represented at the fair:
Berna Griego, LCC transfer coordinator, took several students to visit the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) on Friday, October 26. Accompanying Berna, were Maggie O’Neal, TRiO administrative assistant, and Tom Sutherland, LCC/UCCS 2+2 Liaison. It was a great trip for the students and a good experience fpr all. It is important for students to understand the value of transferring to a 4-year institution. The transfer trip helps the students see the environment of a 4-year institution and how much different it is from a community college. They had a full day as they learned much from the visit with the transfer counselor as well as partaking in a campus tour. On the tour, the students had the opportunity to see what UCCS has to offer the students. After the tour students enjoyed lunch in the The Lodge, a full service campus dining facility. UCCS is a beautiful campus with an extremely scenic view of Pikes Peak and the Rockies.
Students participating in the transfer trip were Orlando Ramos, Ximena Lopez, Megan McCorkle, and Kaylene Landry.