A message from Dr. Falecia Williams, West Campus President
On Friday, October 4, 2013, more than 40 construction and design professionals, industry members, students and community partners visited the West Campus for the Built Environment Forum hosted by Valencia’s West Campus Division of Engineering, Computer Programming and Technology. The event showcased technology advances in building construction, civil/surveying engineering technology and drafting and design technology, and brought together the advisory councils for all three of these associate in science degree programs.
The event began with breakfast and networking and was followed by presentations by Program Chair Andrew Ray on the current status of the academic programs and a presentation showcasing the rapid pace of change, including the latest technologies in construction-related design and manufacturing. Featured topics included 3-D printing, which is now taught on West Campus, and LIDAR for digital terrain modeling.
Forum discussions among the three groups posed the following questions:
- What scares/excites you about the rapid pace of change?
- What software/hardware is vital to your company?
- What skills do our graduates need to be successful?
- What can Valencia do for your current and future employees?
Feedback developed during the forum included suggestions for specific software and employee skills, as well as industry certifications that are desired by employers. This valuable input will be reviewed by faculty to formalize action items to improve the degree programs.
The format for the meeting included a live artist illustrating the presentation. The forum was so well received that the advisory council suggested it become an annual event.