Prof. Alfred Ngowi, Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), laid a foundation on 26 August when he invited the technical high school principals, their heads of departments (HoD’s) and Motheo District officials to tour the facilities of his faculty and get the look and feel of their laboratories, high intensity machines as well as meeting and engaging with HoD’s of different departments.
The purpose of this venture is to afford technical high school principals an opportunity to learn more about what the faculty can offer, the admission point system, bridging programmes etc. so that their school learners can be informed and know what to expect from the faculty when making career choices.
When addressing the principals, Mr Bob Tladi, Chief Director: Free State Department of Education and Motheo TVET College, said that Motheo TVET College has established a long term relationship with the university and are excited to take the STEM project to the next level.
Principals also highlighted that grade 10 learners require exposure within engineering careers, as this will build a foundation for them in making informed choices when they start their careers. “This will assist in reassuring them that they are on the right path,” one principal said.
Other principals also requested the faculty to avail their laboratories and other well-equipped technological facilities within the faculty to learners so that they can be encouraged and motivated.
As a means of support, Mr Tonde Mangara, a lecturer in the faculty and the new merSETA chairperson, said the chairperson is working closely with technical schools and TVET colleges with an objective of promoting women in engineering, upgrade skills and working towards increasing the numbers of women in engineering field.
Pic: Prof. Alfred Ngowi took the principals on a tour through the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, which included an overview of how the Digital Learning System operates, as well as the high intensity machines used in the additive manufacturing process (3D Printing).