Mechanical drafting and design, a Central Lakes College program previously offered only on the Staples campus, next fall also will be available to students on the Brainerd campus.
The college will provide a dedicated space for instructor Dave Bissonette to instruct from Brainerd one day per week and from Staples the other two days in which the first-year drafting courses are taught.
Students on both campuses will be able to communicate with the instructor with the audio-visual tools that have been available for several years and the newer technology of cordless phones and a wireless network for instant computer interaction.
First-year drafting instruction is scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with the use of interactive television and the required laptop computers used by each student in the program.
Telecommunications progress works in favor of this experiment, which Bissonette said will be an attractive proposition for students from a wide area.
"As the industry changes, so has our program," said Bissonette, "because there is basically no more manual drafting. It's a paperless technology, using models on screens. You don't produce drawings but instead can go right from your computer file."
Laptop computers enable students to use software such as "Mechanical Desktop" in the drafting process. The instructor is networked to provide instant response and check a student's work, verifying the authenticity of one's work and ensuring student progress.
For information, contact Bissonette at (218) 894-5130 or toll-free at 800-547-6836, ext. 5130, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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