Blackhawk High School Pre-Apprenticeship Students Dive into Technical Training at CCBC

Apr 1, 2024

In an exciting collaboration between Catalyst Connection, Blackhawk High School, and the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), eight pre-apprentice students recently participated in a fun day of learning about electricity, electronics, and process technology. Led by the dynamic duo of educators, Paul Alwin and Dean Petrella, these students participated in a one-day technical training session that promised hands-on experiences and invaluable insights.

The day kicked off with a thrilling experiment that combined science with a touch of creativity – making a lemon battery. As the students assembled their makeshift batteries using different metals and fruits, they witnessed firsthand how variations in materials could alter the voltage output. The excitement in the air was palpable as they eagerly tested their creations, sparking a newfound curiosity for the intricate workings of electricity.

Moving on to more practical applications, the students were challenged to construct complete circuits using LED diodes. With guidance from their mentors, they navigated through the complexities of current direction and flow, illuminating bulbs with the flick of a switch. This hands-on exercise not only reinforced theoretical concepts but also instilled a sense of accomplishment as the LEDs glowed to life under their command.

One of the highlights of the day was the exploration of atmospheric pressure’s astonishing power. The students eagerly participated in an experiment to determine if the sheer force of atmospheric pressure could crush a seemingly indestructible aluminum can. With bated breath, they witnessed the impressive display of physics in action, leaving them awestruck by the unseen forces shaping the world around them.

The learning didn’t stop there as the students went on an exclusive tour of the pilot plant at CCBC’s Process Technology building. From observing industrial processes in action to participating in an instrument and valve spring themed hunt, they gained invaluable insights into the inner workings of real-world applications. It was a hands-on experience that brought their classroom learning to life, sparking a newfound appreciation for the intricacies of process technology.

As the day drew to a close, the students left with minds buzzing with newfound knowledge and excitement for the future. But the journey doesn’t end here – for those who complete the IMT pre-apprentice program, the possibilities are endless. With the opportunity to earn up to 6 credits towards a Mechatronics degree or Process Technology degree at CCBC, these students are well-equipped to embark on a path towards a promising career in the ever-evolving field of technology.

The collaboration between Blackhawk High School, Catalyst Connection, and CCBC serves as a shining example of how education institutions can come together to empower students and prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow. Through immersive experiences, hands-on learning, and mentorship, these students are not just learning about technology – they’re actively shaping the future of it. As they step into the world with newfound skills and confidence, they carry with them the promise of a brighter, more innovative tomorrow.

Learn more about our IMT Pre-Apprenticeship program here.