Roadshow gives students a taste of college experience
Cork Institute of Technology’s highly-respected Engineering, Science and Technology Roadshow is visiting Cork towns to give Leaving Certificate students, who are interested in studying STEM subjects at the college, an insight into what to expect.
“Many students have the talent and aptitude to study engineering, science, technology, and computing,” said Michael Loftus, head of faculty of engineering and science at CIT.
Mr Loftus, a chartered engineer and member of the Irish Computer Society, worked in industry for 15 years before taking up a post in academia. He said careers in all of these areas provide exciting opportunities for men and women.
“While men continue to be attracted to study in these areas, more and more women are being attracted into both new, and traditional courses,” he said.
The roadshow has been designed to provide access to CIT’s experience in guiding students and in shaping them for successful careers.
It arrived in Midleton last week and was in Fermoy yesterday. It is scheduled to arrive in Bantry on Monday, October 22, before returning to CIT’s Bishopstown Campus on Monday, November 14, at 7pm.
Orlaith McGowan, a firstyear student in BEng honours in mechanical engineering, and a past pupil of Regina Mundi College in Cork City said: “I had attended two roadshows and found they gave me a much better understanding of the different courses available to me in engineering, science and technology. It was a great opportunity to be able to meet with lecturers face to face from various disciplines and I found the personal stories from current and graduate students on the Q&A panel to be very interesting and enlightening. I would highly recommend parents and students to attend the roadshows.”
The Cork city college has been highly successful in producing national and European award winners in engineering, science and technology.
Jim Harrison, department of architecture, CIT, with students Seamus Hennessy and Luke O’Brien at the CIT Engineering, Science and Technology Roadshow, in Midelton CBS Secondary School.