By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
You don’t have to drive three hours to learn about the benefits of a Purdue University degree. All you have to do is travel down Charlestown Road in New Albany to the Purdue University’s College of Technology.
That is what 49 seniors and their families did Friday as part of the school’s Day in College event. Students were able to learn about the four bachelor programs — electrical engineering technology, computer graphics technology, mechanical engineering technology and organizational leadership and supervision — the school offers. Students learned about each degree in 40-minute time blocks, and many turned into hand-on activities.
Purdue University’s College of Technology, 3000 Technology Ave., has 250 students. The spend about 40 percent of their time taking core classes at Indiana University Southeast and 60 percent at the college of technology learning their major.
Many of the students were impressed with what they saw Friday morning.
“I really like it. It’s more hands-on than other programs I’ve seen,” said Amanda Hardy, a senior at Jeffersontown High School in Kentucky who is interested in computer animation and mechanical engineering.
Students were invited by their high school counselors to the event. That way, only students who were interested or met the academic criteria to get into the college of technology attended.
“They get to see our labs and talk to the professors,” said Andrew Takami, director of the local Purdue Campus. “It’s a great way for high school students, who are focused on their futures, to better understand how their next step is more attainable than they may believe.”
The New Albany campus is one of eight in the state that offer Purdue’s programs.
“Today was our chance to tell the story to students, parents and grandparents,” Takami said. “Some of these kids might not know [what to major in], but for the most part they do. If science and math are your thing, you kind of know it.”
In one of their sessions, students were able to assemble a Purdue keychain with a light-up mechanism inside the large “P.”
“Our event allows students to see how careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is smart for them to consider,” Takami said.
For more information about the Purdue College of technology, call 812-590-9185.