MCC-Business & Technology showcases programs at iBuild

Aaron Gibbs, middle, goes over a score with a student who welded on the interactive machine Thursday at iBuild. Welding was one of several programs represented at the showcase.

Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology faculty and staff visited with hundreds of prospective students Thursday during the 2017 iBuild Showcase at Bartle Hall.

Hosted by the National Institute for Construction Excellence (NICE), iBuild is an annual exposition bringing students kindergarten through 12th grade together to connect with industry professionals.

Joel, a student in Engineering Technology, speaks with high school students about the program.

At the MCC-Business & Technology display, students had an opportunity to participate in several interactive activities, including a welding machine and 3D printers from the Engineering Technology program.

“This is a great opportunity for us to highlight our programs at MCC-Business & Technology,” said Ryan Meador, dean of student development and enrollment management. “We were thrilled to have an opportunity to speak with so many prospective students about our pathways.”

Other items were a golf-playing robotic arm (Industrial Technology), drill press (Computer Integrating Machining and Manufacturing) and rod shotgun sticks (Lineman). In addition, tools and machines from HVAC and Environmental Health and Safety Science were on display.

From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., faculty and staff met with high schools students, followed by middle and grade school students from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Representatives from MCC-Business & Technology working the event were Meador, Steve Pankey, Shawn Smith, Muna Dempsey, Diane Belt, Maggie McCarthy, Tracy Leeper, Aaron Gibbs, Matt Bowers, Tamara Huff and Ernie Webb.

Students from Engineering Technology and the Lineman program also represented their respective departments.