Pinckney unveiling $1M student-led project on May 16

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Pinckney Community Schools’ will unveil a student led project worth an estimated $1 million from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16, during the Career and Technical Education (CTE) open house at Pinckney High School. The project is a computer-integrated manufacturing work cell that consists of four ABB robots and one FANUC robot with integrated robot vision (IR Vision, and is completely integrated with a conveyor system featuring four lift and transfer stations.

A highlight of the night includes a demonstration of the envisioned PCTI/WCC drone-based project for identifying potential PFAS foam deposits from The Ann Arbor Autonomous Mobility Group.

In addition to the work cell project, attendees will also see student demonstrations in Robotics & Mechatronics, Cybersecurity/Network Administration, Manufacturing & Welding, Automotive Technology, Computer Aided Design, and Video Game Design. Also available to study, but not on display, is Internet of Things (IOT), offered through CTE.

“Participation in a CTE program can establish the foundation for a wide variety of technical careers,” said James Darga, director of CTE and Cybersecurity. “Theoretical concepts learned in an academic classroom, are enhanced through practical and direct application in a CTE program. Students in all CTE programs earn college credits through articulation, dual enrollment, and Early Middle College agreements with colleges/universities. Programs prepare students professional certifications. Participation in CTE programs can lead to internships or co-op opportunities. Students can also access other programs such as Healthcare, Graphic Arts, Construction Trades etc. hosted at other high schools in the county.”

Mark Stein, Industrial Technology Instructor, believes that CTE courses prepare students for college, career and life.

“Career & Technology Education is a perfect avenue for making high school students college & career ready. High school students can earn college credit through our articulation agreements with several colleges and universities,” said Stein, “CTE is also a gateway into high skilled, high paying, high demand jobs. Any student interested in skill trades, becoming a technician, engineering, or anyone interest in learning practical lifelong skills should consider CTE.”

The event is open to the public, and parents, students, employers, colleges, media and community members are encouraged to attend and learn more about the Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Pinckney Community High School located at 10255 Dexter-Pinckney Road Pinckney, MI 48169.

For additional information, contact James Darga at (810) 225-5500

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