BUFFALO—For the fourth straight year, students of Erie Community College's renowned Industrial Technology Department proved their creativity to be nationally dominant.
In a field open to students from over 74, 000 schools around the country, ECC's Arthur O'Leary and Kevin Nicholls finished second and third in the Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition, a decades-old contest that challenges students enrolled in Mastercam courses to create a unique, original design using Mastercam software. And, for the fourth year in-a-row, ECC students accepted the majority of the event's collegiate awards.
Williamsville native Arthur O'Leary claimed the competition's second place award for his bearingless BMX pedals. This complex entry—featuring contour, pocket, drill, and surface toolpaths—was recognized for its quality machining, as well for its lathe spindles and exceptional workmanship. Kevin Nicholls, a North Tonawanda native, notched third place for his entry entitled, "Face Study&" (pictured). The fascinating entry, which modeled a full-scale human head out of aluminum, caught judges' attention not only for its smooth surface finishing, but also for its angled head design and level of craftsmanship—which was called "impressive." Both winners are members of Industrial Technology's Creative Industrial Concepts club.
These awards are simply the latest victory for ECC's Industrial Technology Program. Its enrollment has surged over the past seven years, and trained graduates are now answering Western New York's dire need for skilled laborers, manufacturers and technicians.
Since 1946, Erie Community ColJoin Erie Community College students, faculty and staff to celebrate the State University of New York's Completion Day on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all of ECC's campuses.
37 state university and city university community colleges have set aside the day to send a simple message: Students who complete an associate degree have better prospects for jobs, scholarships and transfer to four-year colleges.
ECC students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend the workshops and keynote speaker address. Guest Isa Adney (pictured) will speak at the Finger Lakes Community College Student Center on her life-changing decision to postpone private school in pursuit of a community college education.
The speech will be streamed live at http://flcclive.labargemedia.com. Password: FLCC2012.
Learn more about the partnership among the leading community college's to encourage completion of an associate degree. Attend the workshops and sign your commitment to ECC in completing your education, and receive useful information and giveaways.
If you plan to complete your associate degree, come out and tell us your story at Completion Day. Click below for the agenda.
SUNY Completion Day agenda