Harper Campus Hosts Local Boy Scout Troop

The Harper Campus Welding department, along with students from the American Welding Society, hosted the 2nd Annual Welding Merit Badge Workshop for the Mecklenburg County Council BSA on Saturday, March 14th. A total of 27 Boy Scouts earned their Welding merit badge. Requirements included safety hazards and first aid, appropriate safety gear, welding terminology, mechanical and thermal cutting methods, selecting a welding process, performing welds with the equipment, and career opportunities. Each Scout went home to their Troop with an eagle sculpture that they personally completed, as well as a completed merit badge blue card.

Instructor Rich Davis teaching the Boy Scouts Oxy-Acetylene Cutting.

Welding is a relatively new STEM related subject added to the century old tradition of merit badges, and since it’s introduction in late 2012 has already become one of the most popular activities, with 11,061 Scouts earning the badge in 2014. David Langdon, the incoming President of the American Welding Society, and a recent visitor and guest speaker at Harper Campus, was one of the authors of the merit badge guide.

Instructor Mike Scott teaching the Boy Scouts GMAW welding and helping them assemble an eagle made from cut metal parts.

14 volunteers, including students, staff, and faculty members were here for support – giving up not just a weekend, but part of their spring break for a service-learning project. The volunteers included: American Welding Society club officers Eric Navarette, Chris Salley, Paige Hoose, plus Jason Blanchett, Joe Miller, Roxy Aleman and Simon Brown; Full Time Welding Instructor and AWS club advisor Ray Sosko; Full Time Instructional Lab Facilitator Rich Davis; Full Time Staff members Denise Strange and Randy Hellinger; and Part Time Welding Instructors Michael Scott and Brian Lucas. Priscilla Kay, Lab Facilitator from Graphic Arts & Imaging Technology, also helped with arrangements. Special thanks to dedicated Scouter and welding expert Paul Summers, SCWI from Chicago Bridge & Iron, one of our corporate partners. I cannot thank them all enough for making this possible.

Blog Contributor:
John McPherson, CPCC Welding Instructor
Mecklenburg County Council/Lincoln Electric
Welding Champion and Welding Merit Badge Counselor

The American Welding Society (AWS) is a student organization housed at the Harper Campus and includes students currently enrolled in the Welding certificate and/or degree programs. They often participate in community service work and have competed in local and regional welding competitions. The AWS enhances awareness of the art and science of welding, and how it affects our daily lives. If you are interested in learning more about the student club, please contact Ray Sosko (Club Advisor).

Drawing Can Be a Path to Insight

Don Colley Showing a Sketch

On October 21, 2014, artist Don Colley conducted a free workshop  at Harper Campus showcasing his sketchbooks and sharing his thoughts about drawing the world on a daily basis. Faculty and staff at Harper were invited to participate in his presentation and page through his lavishly illustrated travelogues. The presentation to classes at Harper and Central campuses emphasized all the ways drawing can enhance learning and visual thinking. Drawing is an activity that can be practiced by anyone as a way to interact with the world. Everyone is creative and everyone can draw.

Don Colley travels the country with his set of drawing tools and a sketchbook, sketching and documenting America in all its diversity. He rides on public transportation and captures passengers in solitude. Working in the mode of a journalist, Don employs the language of drawing to reveal the truths of contemporary cities and the people who live in them. His work reveals stories that are difficult to find in a world that is fast-paced and often based on fleeting impressions. A drawing of a particularly ‘tough’ looking man is an excellent example of how perception and reality are often not aligned. By drawing this man on train knitting, Don engaged the man in a conversation of both words and images. The knitting Reverend was crafting a shawl for his mother, who loved the beach. The pattern in Don’s drawing reveals a seashell pattern among the stitches in the afghan.

Drawing can be used as a critical thinking process and presents those who draw with an opportunity to understand the world in a different way. As a neuromuscular skill, it only improves with practice. This activity requiring critical thinking, as the person drawing must make decisions at every stage of the drawing process. One can begin to understand how something works through the drawing process. Drawing is a way to develop empathy with a subject or a situation. Drawing can be a path to insight. Drawing is one way we can take STEM to STEAM, by using the language of line to reframe problems in all disciplines.

Faber Castell was kind enough to fund Don’s trip and we are hopeful he will join us next Fall for another lecture and a SKETCHCRAWL on campus! For more information about the Advertising + Graphic Design program at Harper Campus and to participate in the student club’s Curious Wednesdays, please visit our webpage by clicking HERE.

Blog Contributor:
Ellen Ward, Instructor for Advertising + Graphic Design
Harper Campus

Harper Summit: Trade Show & Career Networking Event

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Harper Campus, 1 pm – 5 pm

The Harper Summit celebrates the distinctive academic programs at Harper Campus and connects students to employers in growing, dynamic industries. This event aims to showcase the exceptional work our students and faculty are doing at CPCC and within the community, as well as raise awareness about the value and importance of the skilled trades. In the words of Mike Rowe, “We need to reinvigorate the trades. We need to confront the stigmas and stereotypes associated with skilled labor, and let go of this absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only viable way to acquire useful knowledge.” The Harper Summit is our small part in helping to close the Skills Gap and, it is our hope that people will leave with a better appreciation for and interest in skilled trades.

For a list of participating companies and available workshops, please visit the following website: https://www.cpcc.edu/student_life/events/harper-summit

Help Support Students: Yankee Candle Fundraiser

Photo courtesy www.yankeecandlefundraising.com

October 1 – 20, 2014

In order for student organizations to continue doing great things on campus and within our community, and to expand their learning opportunities outside of the classroom, club members must rely on their own fundraising initiatives. Please consider supporting the HVAC/R Club for their annual Yankee Candle Fundraiser to help further their mission.

The HVAC/R Club is a student organization whose main goal is assisting members in their pursuit of educational and professional goals. The club promotes ideals of honesty, community service, leadership, critical thinking, and technical skills development. In addition, the club provides many opportunities for networking, skills enhancement, and life-long learning.

Forty percent (40%) of your purchase will be donated directly to the student club, which will support club-sponsored activities and professional development opportunities for AHR students. The club hopes to raise enough funds to send students to a conference to learn about new products, trends and innovations.

Shop online before October 20th:

  1. Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com.
  2. Enter Group #990068909 in the “Start Shopping” box.
  3. Make your purchase and have it shipped directly to you.

If you have any questions about this fundraiser, please contact Krystal Crowe, Student Life Coordinator at Harper Campus. The HVAC/R Club meets weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm in Room 324 at Harper Campus.

HVAC/R Club Hosts Harper Campus Dean

Mr. Potter, Dean of Harper Campus, addressed the HVAC/R Club last week to discuss the skills gap and how to succeed in gaining employment within the HVAC/R industry. Dean Potter expressed the importance of developing new skills to get jobs, promotions, and higher compensation in today’s rapidly changing HVAC/R environment. He discussed how new technology is raising the bar for success in the workplace and how important it is to stay abreast of new technology.

Dean Potter also discussed the importance of “soft skills,” which refers to a cluster of personal qualities, habits, attitudes, and social graces that make someone a good employee and compatible to work with. Dean Potter referred to these skills “as important an indicator of job performance as hard skills.” Some of the soft skills that were mentioned and need to be developed include: having a strong work ethic, maintaining a positive attitude, good communication skills, time management skills, problem solving skills, acting as a team player, self-confidence, and being able to work under pressure. Dean Potter also discussed the importance of first impressions and how you can gain or lose a job in just the first few seconds of a job interview. He also mentioned the importance of keeping a professional online presence.

The advice provided by Dean Potter was invaluable and we appreciate that he took the time to meet with us. We look forward to future discussions on campus and we encourage more students to get involved. If you are interested in joining the HVAC/R Club, we invite you to attend one of our weekly meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 pm in Room 324 at Harper Campus.

Blog Contributor:
James Nash
President, HVAC/R Club