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Technology applications class in search of mentors

By By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Aug. 16, 2001
Bernard Hulin is finding a lot of interest in his technology applications class at Northeast Lauderdale High School.
Last week, Hulin invited representatives of area businesses and industry to his classroom to show them what the class is all about.
Technology applications is a two-year course for students in grades 10 through 12 that covers areas of medicine, engineering, robotics, telecommunications, computer animation and more.
The first year of the course includes study of mechanical, fluid, electrical and thermal systems technology; word processing; spreadsheet applications; desktop publishing; telecommunications and computer aided drafting and design.
The second year covers Web page design; computer integrated manufacturing technology; electronic control systems technology; computer assembly technology; bio-related technology and environmental technology.
The technology applications program provides students with expanded knowledge of the use of technological skills and lets them solve problems by applying that knowledge in a technological context.
Hulin said students who complete the program will be better prepared to enter and succeed in technical programs offered in colleges.
The course requires a thorough knowledge of mathematics, physics and science.
SAFERs have been established at the high school Students Assigned For Equipment Repair. These are students who have completed or are in their second year of the course; they assist teachers with software- and operator-based problems, as well as hardware repair dealing with sound or graphic problems.
Hulin said he had some guest speakers in his class previously. But since the first full course was completed last year, he wanted to begin developing liaisons within the community.
Anyone interested in working with the technology applications class should call Hulin at (601) 679-5516 or e-mail him at tedhulin@hotmail.com.