ITI Technical College instrumentation students
attended a conference hosted by The
International Society of Automation on October 8, 2008. ISA is a non-profit organization that helps members and automation professionals solve technical problems while also helping to enhance their leadership and career capabilities. Students from all over the world competed in an event where they had to solve technical problems in a timed fashion. ITI’s student team placed 3rd out of twelve international teams in the competition. Winners also included first place winner British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, Canada and second place winner Lambton College, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
Mark Hughes remembers last year’s ISA International Student Competition when his students had no past experience and placed sixth out of twelve teams. But, this year was different for ITI Technical College Student Section in Baton Rouge, LA. Hughes’ team had one competition under their belt so they benefited from training provided by last year’s team. Some that competed were four year institutions such as Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Southern Poly State University Marietta, Georgia, and St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Russia.
The point of the competition is to give students from around the world real-world problems in the field of process control and instrumentation while also giving students opportunities to network and meet other students interested in the fields of automation and engineering. Winning the gold was not everything to Hughes though. “I hope my team members gain personal positive experiences regarding teamwork, camaraderie, and a sense of accomplishment,” said the team’s advisor. ITI Instrumentation students that competed were Jeffery Ducote- Baker, Jeffrey Wilks- Denham Springs, Melinda Moore-St. Amant, Josh Huckeba-Denham Springs, and Matt Ramagos-White Castle.
Dorothy Ortego of McNeese State
University in Lake Charles, co-chair of the
Standards and Quality Committee of Gulf Coast
Process Technology, presents a plaque to Jack
Baggett (center) and Louis Babin, both of ITI
Technical College in Baton Rouge, LA. The
plaque affirms the endorsement of ITI by the
GCPTA as an endorsed college, signifying to
employers of the college's graduates that they
have received training from an
industry-generated, standardized curriculum that
is offered in colleges and universities in
Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
ITI Technical College of Baton Rouge, LA, has become
the 16th endorsed college of the Gulf Coast Process
Technology Alliance (GCPTA).
Ortego of McNeese State University in Lake Charles,
LA, made the announcement at the quarterly meeting
of the GCPTA Friday, August 1, in League City, TX.
Ortego is the education co-chair of the Standards
and Quality Committee of the organization along with
Ed Stiles of LyondellBassell's Houston Refinery, who
is the co-chair representing industry. The
committee sets the criteria for colleges to meet for
endorsement and certifies colleges for this
recognition. The recognized status is for
three years. Colleges can be re-endorsed
through an audit process.
Louis Babin and Jack Baggett, both of ITI Technical
College, were present to receive a plaque that
recognizes the college's achievement. ITI is
the first private college to receive this
GCPTA is a partnership of process industries and
educational providers in Texas, Louisiana and
Mississippi who promote the two-year process
technology (PTEC) degree at universities and
community and technical colleges.
Endorsed colleges have to prove their programs teach
the standardized PTEC curriculum, they are required
to have an advisory committee of industry members
which meets four times a year to conduct business,
and they undergo an audit of their programs every
benefit is that industry considers the endorsement
important when hiring qualified process technicians.
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