Bristol Students Shine in DC
by Robert Rak
Over the past two years, Bristol Community College students and alumni have accompanied Principal Investigator Professor Robert Rak to the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigator's Conference in Washington, D.C.
The conference is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The conference brings together principal investigators of NSF-funded ATE grants from all over the country to hear speakers, attend workshops and showcase their own grant activities, to promote the education of America's Technological Workforce.
Students apply to participate in their own showcase/poster session and, if accepted, receive free registration, hotel accommodations at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., networking sessions with employers and a tour of Washington, D.C. including the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Students also receive a special recognition breakfast where they receive a certificate from the ATE program directors.
In October of 2017, Engineering Technology student Jared Pacheco presented his transition from a veteran who served in Afghanistan, to auto body shop technician, to full time wastewater treatment plant operator for United Water at the East Providence Wastewater Treatment Plant. In that same year, Engineering Technology graduate, Del Thurston, presented his transition from a textile worker displaced by the closing of Quaker Fabric in Fall River, MA, to a full time wastewater treatment plant operator for Veolia North America at the Fall River Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility.
Last week, Engineering Technology student, Jill Napert (pictured above), presented on her transition from an elementary school teacher to a full-time drinking water treatment plant operator for Aquaria Water at the Taunton River Desalination Plant in Dighton, MA. Student travel is funded by the BCC New England Water Treatment Training (NEWTT) Program ATE grant.