Road­show gives stu­dents a taste of col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

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.

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