Valencia College Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMTC) students just left their mark on Kissimmee’s history after installing bike racks shaped like horseshoes, a symbol of the city’s cattle ranching past, in the heart of its downtown.
The bike racks — six in total — were manufactured by Welding Level 2 students attending the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Kissimmee, which is part of Valencia’s roster of Continuing Education programs.
Installed near the city’s SunRail/Amtrak station, they were the product of a collaboration between Osceola County Commissioner Cheryl Grieb and Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy students. In May 2019, 11 Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy students visited the AMTC and presented their bike-rack designs to a panel of judges. The winning design — the horseshoes — was by student Bri Hastings. To read more about the competition and see the design sketch, click here.
“The collaboration between Valencia College and Zenith has become a great partnership between the two schools. It allows both groups of students to work on real-world projects,” said Jason Becker, manager, welding. “In addition, the community of Osceola County is also able to benefit by using the bike racks.”
Each year for the past three years, Zenith students have competed to have a design built by Valencia’s welding students. The first was a bench installed at Zenith Accelerated Learning Academy, while another bike rack was installed at Kissimmee Lakefront Park.