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Ken Wagner Automotive Collision The Automotive Collision lab has an office computer which is the teacher workstation, but is also used by students for access to an online cost estimating program which provides the ability to locate and price new and used parts from a wide variety of vendors in the US. The lab also features an electronic paint mixer which is powered by a computer and software package provided by PPG Auto Coatings. This mixer is in a dedicated room and students receive training and hands on use of the system. The Automotive Collision Program has adopted a software curriculum material called I-Car which provides access to modular materials with assessment and is based on NATEF standards for certification preparation. The Automotive Collision program shares a 24 station rugged laptop cart with wireless Internet access and a monochrome laser printer with the Automotive Technology Tech Prep program. Automotive Technology Tech Prep The Automotive Technology Tech Prep lab has a counter on the shop floor with five workstations which provides students access to work orders, Mitchell1 Online (www.ondemand5.com) for repair parts and instruction, and access to online materials. The State Dept of Career and Technical Education has partnered with the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) which provides online modules of instruction that is vendor neutral in the automotive engineering field. This new curriculum offering includes online assessments. The Automotive Technology Tech prep program is taking full advantage of this offering. The Automotive Technology Tech Prep program shares a 24 station rugged laptop cart with wireless Internet access and a monochrome laser printer with the Automotive Collision program which is used for student access to PAS. The lab also has a classroom environment where a teacher can deliver instruction from a laptop with a dedicated projector and screen. Power Systems The Power Systems lab has a Teacher computer and student workstation housed in an office environment with access to the network/Internet and a printer. For 2008, Shop Keys software will be provided online with Mitchell Ondemand. This provides repair instruction and materials requirements for work projects done in the lab. The State Dept of Career and Technical Education has partnered with the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) which provides online modules of instruction that is vendor neutral in the automotive engineering field. This new curriculum offering includes online assessments. The Power Systems program investigating incorporating this offering into the program curriculum. Welding and Metal Fabrication The Welding and Metal Fabrication lab has a plasma cutting workstation that is numerically controlled by a PC workstation. Students use the proprietary software to program the machine based on freehand design or blueprint and make parts. This technology is reasonably new to the program and it is desired to expand its use, capability, and access. The type of software used by the plasma cutter is called Computer Aided Machining (CAM) and there are expansion modules that can be plugged into the CAM computer software to give the machine greater capability. Under investigation is a CAM training module to integrate into the curriculum and the potential to load CAM software into a computer lab environment to provide greater student access to the technology. The teacher office has a new computer, a scanner, and color laser printer.
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