Engineering Design Students Start their College Careers

The Grant Career Center junior Engineering Design class started the new semester with a new college course added to their list of things to accomplish in 2014.  Eleven students are currently enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Advanced CAD class with a very familiar instructor. Their teacher of record is none other than Tobin Huebner, their Engineering Design instructor at Grant.

The class came to fruition through a conversation with the college as UC Clermont College is trying to branch out and offer postsecondary options to students in their region. Tobin has taught several classes at Clermont College in the Engineering Department, and it seemed a perfect fit for the students at Grant. After much deliberation and planning, the decision was made to offer the sophomore-level Advanced Cad course because the students already receive credit for the freshman-level course. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in their studies at Grant and enroll in the program at UC Clermont College to receive the transcripted credit that will be good at any college they chose to attend.

The students will follow the same syllabus as students on the UC East campus and will complete the class on April 22. The course will allow our Engineering Design students to utilize knowledge and skills developed in earlier training to complete working solid models. They will gain exposure to individual part modeling that uses our new rapid prototyping printers. This gives the students immediate feedback on fit, form and function, three essentials elements of the design process. Students will also gain experience with assemblies, basic animation and finite element analysis.

The instructor and students are excited for this wonderful learning opportunity. Bethel-Tate student Tyler Crumpton shared his feelings about this new challenge. “It is great getting college credit for a class because you are being introduced to the material early so you have time to absorb the information in your chosen career field. Completing the class at Grant is great because we have the instructor with us all week, so we can ask questions and receive help whenever we have free time.”

According to Mr. Huebner, the students will leave the Engineering Design program with the opportunity to earn a total of 18 semester hours of college credit for successful completion of all program components. Students receive transcripted credit that is transferrable to any college in Ohio for CAD I, Computer Integrated Manufacturing and the Advanced CAD course taught at Grant. Students can earn an additional nine credits for successful program completion and passage of the national standardized post-secondary exams sponsored by Project Lead the Way.

For more information on how your son or daughter can earn college credit in the Engineering Design program at Grant Career Center, please call the guidance department at 513-734-6222.

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