MOBILE, Ala.; April 19 — Bishop State Community College (Bishop State) will host the inaugural Find the Art in Technical Education event being held April 20-24, 2015 at the Government Plaza Atrium in Downtown Mobile. The event was developed as a creative means to showcase the skills and abilities of the various technical education programs offered by Bishop State, highlighting the programs to prospective students, community leaders, industry partners, and the community at large. The exhibits will be available to the public free of charge, Tuesday, April 21, through Thursday, April 23, with students from Mobile and Washington counties scheduled to visit the exhibit on April 22 and 23.
“This is an exceptional time to emphasize the progressive ideals and skills that our students are mastering through technical education,” states Dr. Kathy Thompson, dean of technical education and workforce development at Bishop State. “We have worked diligently to establish mutually beneficial relationships with some of the Gulf Coast’s premier employers, such as Austal, Ingalls and VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, providing them with students that have applicable skills, and the ability to enter the workforce with experience. This exhibit spotlights the artistic attributes of our programs, something that is often overlooked.”
The week long event will feature the art and technical ability of the programs available at Bishop State, bringing awareness to the numerous divisions and magnifying what each division is capable of providing to current and potential students. Each program will create an artistic piece or display that is representative of the program, including: automotive; automotive body technology; barbering and hairstyling; cosmetology and nail technology; diesel; drafting and design; electrical; electronic engineering; graphic communications; jewelry design and watch repair; machine tooling; plumbing; process and maintenance; and welding.
The ultimate goal of Find the Art in Technical Education is to increase technical program awareness and exposure, both among prospective students and corporate industry partners. This event will use artistic means to further display that Bishop State’s Technical Education division has the capacity, instructors and industry relationships to equip students to enter the workforce with the skills and capabilities to succeed.
Students of the Career Technical Centers in Mobile and Washington County, the Mobile County Signature Academies, and technical students from Chickasaw and Satsuma High Schools will be invited to view the exhibit and to interact with instructors, further exposing the creativity and technical skills acquired by participating in programs at Bishop State.
The college will host a reception on Tuesday, April 21 to encourage dialogue among the Dean of Technical Education and Workforce Development, instructors, industry partners, sponsors and students. Refreshments will be prepared by the college’s culinary arts program.
Bishop State Community College is a state-supported, open-admission, urban community college located in Mobile, Alabama. The College consists of four city campuses, dedicated to serving the residents of Mobile and Washington counties in southwest Alabama. The College is part of the Alabama College System, the state-supported network of two-year community, junior, and technical colleges that serves the residents of Alabama. Bishop State offers high quality educational and support services in each of the College’s Academics and Technical divisions: Education, Humanities, Natural Science and Mathematics, Business and Economics, Social Sciences, and the Health-Related Professions.