High School Students Have Opportunity To Explore Career Fields In Ridgewater College To Careers Program

Area high school students have an exciting opportunity to explore potential careers through Ridgewater College’s “College to Careers” program this spring. This is an after-school program and will meet one night a week for three weeks in March/April.

This is a free opportunity available for students made available by Ridgewater College and Carl Perkins grant fund initiatives which focus on high school-to-college transitions for students in career and technical education programs and adult student transitions into high-skill, high wage, or high demand occupations.

The courses will focus on careers in nondestructive testing as well as computers and robotics, and will give students hands-on experience and valuable insight about career opportunities in the industry from instructors.

Courses descriptions and locations are as follows:

Introduction to Nondestructive Testing

Course Description: This course will cover career opportunities and wages for graduates of the NDT program, as well as, an introduction to the principles and applications of nondestructive testing. Topics will include: Certification of technicians, types of defects to be found, and applications of radiography, ultrasound, eddy current magnetic particle and liquid penetrant testing. Students will receive a brief explanation of the methods of testing and perform hands-on testing.

Location: Hutchinson campus Room: 317
March, 21, 28, April 4 (all Wednesdays)
Time: 4:00-6:30 pm
Instructors: Gerry Frie and Wade Padrnos

Introduction to Computer Careers and Robotics

Course Description: This course will explore wages, career outlook, required skills and necessary education for various career paths relating to computers and robotics. Students will learn the basics of interactive computer programming through a two-dimensional multimedia environment. Careers explored include: Automation Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Support Technician, Network Administration, Multimedia Design Technician and Web Programming.

This course will be offered on the Willmar campus and on the Hutchinson campus.  

Willmar: March 12, 19, 26 (all Mondays) Room: L-110 (Library)
Time: 4:30-7:00 pm

Hutchinson: March 14, 21, 28 (all Wednesdays) Room: 321
Time: 4:30-7:00 pm

Instructor: Rocky Hyberger

For additional information or to apply contact Audrey VanBeck, 320-222-5263 or visit Ridgewater.edu.  Interested students are encouraged to apply early, as enrollment for each class is limited to 15 students.