Center For Applied Technology Highlighted During ChamberPercs, Demo’s Showcased

WAYNE – The virtual version of Friday morning Chamber Coffee, ChamberPercs began 2021 with a trip to the Wayne State College campus on January 8.

From the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) building, Wayne Area Economic Development Executive Director, Luke Virgil hosted the first Friday morning Chamber event of the new year.

Virgil began ChamberPercs by reminding Nebraskans to avoid the three C’s of close contact, confine spaces and crowded places. Businesses can contact the WAED office if you have questions about the new paycheck protection program.

“There’s been some changes with the legislation as far as the leave that you can take that is considered ‘COVID leave’,” said Virgil. “So, it’s now voluntary between January 1 – March 31, 2021. Up until December 31, 2020 it was mandatory that they had to guarantee you would not be impacted on your paid-time-off or vacation if you were taking the time off because of COVID.”

Anne Power, Ph.D. is the Dean of the School of Business and Technology and has been in the Siouxland area for 25 years. Dr. Power began at Wayne State in the summer of 2020 as she thanked all those for viewing Friday’s ChamberPercs.

The CAT opened for classes in January 2019.

The new Center for Applied Technology features tech-savvy classrooms and state-of-the-art instructional labs.

Dan Mitchell, instructor of the Technology & Applied Sciences Department highlighted the majors.

“We have construction management, we have manufacturing management, safety management, drafting & design and teacher education (industrial technology),” Mitchell added. “One of the highest (paid) ones right now is the safety management. We had three graduates go out in the last two semesters and they started over $70,000.”

There were 16 students who took the CNC class last semester along with another 14 who used the CNC machine during the Intro to Manufacturing course. There’ll be two courses this semester featuring 30 students in the spring semester.

The CAT also provides northeast Nebraska with a facility to support management training for industry, encourages ongoing employee development, fosters small business entrepreneurs interested in manufacturing and engages in applied research with industry. It also serves as the career academy for Northeast Nebraska school districts, introducing thousands of high school students to careers in industrial technology.

“On each one of our majors we have what’s called an internship,” Mitchell mentioned. “That is part of their major that they have to go out and do an internship for their major. So, anyone that’s in the manufacturing management major we would definitely be looking at something like this along with their other majors.”

Visit wsc.edu/cat to view more information on Center for Applied Technology and to go on a virtual tour of the building.

This week’s ChamberPercs will feature a zoom interview with Dr. Melissa Dobbins talking about the vaccination process. The event will begin at 10:15 a.m. on the Wayne, NE Facebook page.

There are several open dates in February and March for Chamber Coffee/ChamberPercs. Contact the office at 402-375-2240 if you’re interested in hosting.

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