Internships, Student Teaching & Community Involvement
Employers say they like to hire FHSU graduates because they know their stuff.
And they do. Our courses provide a solid foundation in the study of industrial and instructional technology. But coursework is only part of the equation. You need opportunities to apply your skills and knowledge outside of the classroom.
Students pursuing an Industrial Technology degree must complete a one-semester internship in their area of specialization. Recent internship experiences include:
- Recent IAT grad Jacob Yoder says, "The Institute of Applied Technology at FHSU equipped me with a thorough knowledge of and practical hands-on experience with the latest high-tech manufacturing equipment and computer-aided-design systems. This enabled me to accept an engineering position immediately after graduation at Moridge Manufacturing/The Grasshopper Company in Moundridge, Kansas—an industry-leading manufacturer of Grasshopper mowers which are sold all over the world. I use my education every day designing 3-D solid model assemblies that are downloaded directly to laser-cutter nesting software, CNC machines and robotic presses that cut, stamp, and form various parts using sustainable manufacturing processes. Those parts are then robotically welded, powder painted and assembled into Grasshopper products."
- “I interned with Hemisphere GPS,” says Kevin Thompson (’07). “I was able to get my foot in the door for my profession as a field development technician… Working in the field as a student, you can build on skills that you simply cannot learn in the classroom.”
Students pursuing a Technology Education degree must complete one semester of student teaching. Recent student teaching experiences include:
- James Courtney (’14) Completed his student teaching at Hays High School in spring 2014 and has accepted a Technology Education job in Mulvane, KS.
- Mitchell Burns (’13) Completed his student teaching at Russell High School in the fall 2013 and will be teaching at Southwestern Height High School in the all of 2014.
Check out a map of internship locations.
From Classroom to Community
Another way to put your knowledge into practice is to get involved in the community. Our students and faculty do that through various projects and events:
- We team up with the Toys for Tots Foundation each year. In the fall semester, the Production Systems class designs a toy for children ages two through six. After the design’s approved, students work with suppliers, set up a production line, and make jigs and fixtures so the toys can be easily made.
- We host the annual Western Kansas Technology Education Fair. The event invites middle and high school students in a technology education class to display their projects and compete for awards. Applied Technology students lend a hand by checking projects in and sponsoring the competitions.
- The Applied Technology Drive-in Conference, held for instructors and counselors, encourages the development of technology direction and the improvement of technology literacy in education.