Fifty-two English Department faculty members, teaching assistants and graduate assistants attended the inaugural Writing Across the Peninsula conference Sept.23-24 at Michigan Technological University. The conference was the result of a consortium formed by Upper Peninsula universities and composition directors, including Laura Soldner.
building a new mock substation outside the Jacobetti Center to serve as a lab
for its power technician program. The first and largest piece of
equipment for the project—a transformer—was delivered recently and lowered into place
with a crane on the east side of the building.
Mike Rudisill (Engineering Technology) said the transformer will allow students to
practice troubleshooting and maintenance procedures they would use if employed
by any utility, transmission or generation company. Circuit breakers, switches
and a steel structure will be installed later to complete the substation.
Rudisill expects to have everything in place this monh. The
university received $673,000 in stimulus funding through the U.S.
Department of Energy earlier this year to enhance the program. It was
established in fall 2009 to address a shortage of technicians needed to fill
critical positions in all areas of the electrical power generation, transmission
and distribution system. NMU offers the degree in collaboration with the Midwest
Skills Development Center and U.P. power companies.
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