Thursday, February 25, 2016
Several of our drafting students participate in SkillsUSA, which is an organization for students in technical programs. SkillsUSA began as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
HutchCC first got involved with SkillsUSA/VICA back in 1998. Tracy Chadwick was the first student president. Tracy won first place in the Kansas state SkillsUSA Technical Drafting contest, and went on to win a Bronze medal at the national contest.
This was just the beginning of a winning tradition. Our students regularly finish first at state and go on to represent HutchCC at the national contest.
After completing a bachelor degree at Kansas State University, Tracy joined the faculty of Hutchcc, and has been the coordinator and lead instructor of the Computer Drafting Technology program since 2010.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Evan Wondra is a 2015 graduate of the Computer Drafting Technology program at HutchCC. Evan is now completing a bachelor's degree at Fort Hays State University. He recently shared his feelings about our program:
After graduating from Hutchinson Community College with an AAS Computer Drafting Technology - Machine Drafting degree, I transferred to Fort Hays State University to get a Bachelors degree in Communication Technology. Going through the HCC computer drafting program was the best decision I made! It taught me how to use several programs such as AutoCAD, Inventor, and 3dsMax. Once I started my classes at FHSU, I quickly learned that I had more knowledge about these programs than many of the other students. In one of my classes, my instructor asked us who all had experience with Inventor. I raised my hand and he said "I would expect you to know plenty about Inventor since you had Tracy at Hutchinson." Our goal for the Inventor module was to see what group could make a claw that could pick up items and deposit them into a toy truck the fastest. My group was the winner of that competition and one of the other students in the class said that we only won because I knew how to use Inventor.
Another one of my instructors was trying a new module this year and that module was 3ds Max. He hadn't used the program in three years so he had forgotten how to do most of it. He found out that I had taken a whole semester of 3ds Max at HCC, so he had me go through the tutorials first so that I could find any mistakes in them. Then whenever any of the other students had questions, he would have them come ask me. The instructors in the HCC computer drafting program know how to use these programs, and they do an excellent job of teaching it to their students. I would say that the HCC computer drafting program has put me a step ahead of my fellow students at FHSU.