Sheridan College announced Tuesday that the school's construction technology department recently received a grant of $1,200 and that the funds have already been put to good use. The extra funding for the department came through an opportunity grant from the Sheridan College Foundation.
Josh Michelena, a construction technology instructor at Sheridan College, says in a media release the grant allowed the department to purchase specialized tooling equipment for students to use to get hands-on experience using the latest technology.
The construction tech program purchased a computer numeric controlled router for the Brooks Street construction lab with the grant funding. Michelena says the real opportunity lies within the resulting interdisciplinary coordination, as he says acquiring more high-tech tooling allows students in machining, computer aided drafting and construction programs to more effectively use the equipment to prepare for future careers.
Students first develop projects in their CAD and machine tool technology classes and come together to troubleshoot and solve problems that they will face in industry after their final projects have been completed.