Engineering Students Learn by Doing

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(This article originally appeared in The Florida Times-Union at www.jacksonville.com.)

Bill Kane and Student Engineer Bill Kane helps a student with load bearing formulas.

It was March, so it wasn’t surprising to see a group of young men discussing brackets.

But these weren’t the usual March brackets. The young men in question are engineering students at Palatka High School and they were double checking the math on load-bearing formulas.

Bill Kane, maintenance and reliability manager at Georgia-Pacific, was helping the group see that the current formula included misplaced brackets, changing the mathematical order of operations and providing the wrong answer.

This is what education should look like. When teacher Jan Boland recruited engineers from the local Georgia-Pacific plant to mentor students, neither she nor the GP staff knew what the mentors would actually do. When Kane, a mechanical engineer, suggested that the students design a monorail to move huge motors within a storage…

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Military Spouses and Portable Careers

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National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in May.  This year it will be celebrated on Friday, May 6. The day was designated by President Reagan in 1984 to celebrate military spouses, the heart of the families who support troops during mission, deployment, and return to civilian life.

Military spouses face unique challenges in find employment. It’s not uncommon for Navy members to be transferred every three or four years, so spouses often have work histories that look like job hopping. Spouses with portable skills find employment more quickly. Souses who work for companies with a national presence can sometimes transfer within the company, especially in the retail and hospitality industries.

Here are some of the most portable careers for anyone who may move frequently to follow a spouse.

  1. Therapeutic Careers. Healthcare professionals are in demand across the nation…

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