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ISA Team Wins Bronze Metal !!!

Ranked top USA competitor


ITI Technical College
receives GCPTA endorsement


     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).

     Dorothy 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.

     Ms. 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 endorsement.

     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 three years.

     The benefit is that industry considers the endorsement important when hiring qualified process technicians.

ITI Receives Delta V System!!!

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA- April 18, 2008. On April 1, 2008 ITI Technical College received a complete DeltaV process automation system and accompanying hardware. The donation was made by Emerson Process Management and included products from its divisions Rosemount, MicroMotion, and Fisher Controls. The John H. Carter Company, Emerson’s Local Business Partner made the donation possible by refurbishing, updating and decommissioning a mobile system, which had been used to demonstrate the technology from Lake Charles to Pensacola. Joe Martin, CEO of ITI Technical College said “our petrochemical and paper plants use DeltaV and we needed a system like this for our Process Technology (PTEC) degree program.” Mark Worthy, Vice-President at ITI said “with this new system we now can show students a larger variety of the technology used in plants for process control.” Joe Martin added “ITI thanks Mike Fabre with John H. Carter for selecting ITI and Randy Angelle for obtaining the system from Emerson. ITI also thanks ControlWorks Service Specialists Jason Villamil, Mike Schwaller, and Eric Belgard who updated and configured the system for use at the College.” Additionally, Barry Latiolais of Southern Automation Sales of Lafayette donated the connectivity components from Turck, Inc. Louis Babin, Dean of Education at ITI Technical College states “with this donation, ITI students can now enjoy hands-on installation, troubleshooting and configuration experience while learning digital fieldbus and advanced control principles along with the two other control systems in place at the campus. This is a huge benefit to our students and to the petrochemical and paper plants we are training the students to work in.” John H. Carter Company provides industry with a wide range of products, services and equipment; including process control systems and instrumentation, control valves, regulators, actuators, automated valves and pumps. Services include Asset Management, Process Optimization, Equipment Diagnostics, and a wide array of field-repair and disaster recovery assistance. ITI Technical College is an accredited, degree granting private institution that trains individuals for high demand fields such as Instrumentation, Process Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology, Air Conditioning and Electrical Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Information Technology and Office Administration.


The ARC of Baton Rouge
first annual Plane Pull Fundraiser

  The ARC of Baton Rouge hosted its first annual plane pull fundraiser this past week-end at the Baton Rouge Airport. ITI Students; Cartail Alexander, Michael Howard, Cornelius Morris, Rapheal Lilly, Lehman Chaney,  Walter Duckworth, and Adam Young were able to pull a FedEx Cargo plane weighing 115,000 pounds  12 feet in 6 seconds. With this time they were awarded second place. Congratulations to all of the guys who gave up their Saturday for a great cause and for proudly representing ITI Technical College.

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