Posted on 07/02/2020
Center Director Eddie Crain states that he believes the lineup of online resources will be second to none.  "Our admin leadership team has worked for several months to preview several methods of elearning and online learning management delivery.  We believe we have selected simply the best."

One of the most innovative learning environments features augmented reality.  "Our students in the Medical Professions Health Science Technology program will use zSpace augmented reality beginning this fall to experience the most amazing technology available to educators and students on any level of instruction.  Imagine picking up a virtual human heart with your hands, explore its chambers by looking inside and seeing every component of the heart down to tiny cells.  This places our health science instruction in the highest imaginable category of learning," Crain says.

Crain also noted that another new component has been acquired in health science, Cengage Mind Tap.  Cengage is also the provider for a new online program in the HVACR program.  He noted that during the preview, it reminded Crain of a video game with high end graphics.  A student moves about a virtual house troubleshooting an air conditioning issue.

I-Car online instruction is now ready for utilization in Auto Collision Repair.  Discussions about returning to I-Car were in the works long before the COVID school shutdown.

Several other online training programs were already being utilized by NEACTC students and will return in 2020.

Immerse2Learn in Engineering Design & Production Lab, TestOut in Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Amatrol elearning in Robotics & Automation Technology and Electude in the Automotive Service Technology program all feature instruction that students can work on while at school or from any remote location.

Final discussions for a new LMS in Welding Technology and in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)/Drones program of study are taking place and will be featured by August.

NEACTC also utilizes nationally-recognized S/P2 safety certification software in Auto Service, Auto Collision and Culinary Arts.  Beginning this fall, S/P2 is being added in Welding Technology and in HVACR.  Students earn safety certification credentials by successfully completing the S/P2 instruction online modules.

OSHA10 instruction and certification was added last year in Robotics & Automation Technology and plans are to expand into Engineerng Design & Production Lab, HVACR and Welding beginning this fall.

Crain says that NEACTC staff is ready for students to return onsite for instruction.  "We will be ready.  And we are excited at the prospect of having our students back on campus."

First day of classes is August 24.
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