LAPP supports Shelton State Community College program expansion

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LAPP EXPANDS ITS INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS TRAINING CENTER AT U.S. COLLEGE

“Being able to practice real-world training while they’re still in school allows our students to hit the ground running when they do go to work,” adds Brett Butler, Electronics Technology Instructor. “There’s always a slight disconnect between school and field work but, thanks to the LAPP Center, we’ve been able to close that gap tremendously.” EXPANDING SHELTON STATE’S TECHNICAL OFFERING Using reference materials and state-of-the-art equipment provided by LAPP, the Lapp Center provides a platform for students to learn standards, terminology, and nomenclature used in the electrical cabling industry, as well as procedures for selecting the proper wire, cabling, and connectors for specific applications. In particular, LAPP has supplied detailed textbooks that cover aspects of cable construction and played a role in developing new instructional practices. “As an instructor, the Lapp Center has had a big impact,” says Doug Hall, Electronics Technology Instructor. “We use LAPP materials, textbooks, and reading materials that describe the various types and styles of conductors and wire. LAPP also donated electrical hand tools for the students to use. Being an electrician myself, they’re great tools.” Faculty members integrated current industry information provided by LAPP into the existing curricula currently required for students in the Industrial Electronics and Electrical Technology programs. Due to the center’s rising popularity, Shelton State even added a new course in 2017 called “Cable Installation and Termination Techniques.” Since 2014, over 138,100 feet of hook-up wire has been used for practical instruction and demonstration, and LAPP expects that number to increase 200 to 300 percent.

Six years ago, LAPP established the Lapp Center for Excellence in Cable Technology, a hands-on training center at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The center teaches students the technical aspects of electrical cabling—including selection, installation, and code compliance in industrial environments. Over the years, the Lapp Center has grown. During a previous expansion, the center added two more classrooms–doubling its space. The center can now assist the growing number of students working towards careers in industrial wire and cabling, and numerous related industries. CONNECTING STUDENTS TO HANDS-ON TRAINING Shelton State offers technical programs in Industrial Electronics and Electrical Technology, both of which focus on the theories and operating principles of electrical machinery. To prepare for careers such as electricians and industrial electronics specialists, students learn the fundamentals of electronics, including circuitry, motor control, and robotics. They also learn how to install, service, and repair industrial equipment according to the National Electrical Code (NEC)–a standard for safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the U.S. While both technical programs require a theoretical understanding of electrical technology, most of the real learning comes from applied training. That’s where the Lapp Center comes in. “The goal of the center is to give students a real, hands-on experience with these technologies,” says John Gavilanes, Director of Engineering at LAPP. “Theory is one thing, but hands-on experience is critical. The students are learning how to make adjustments in the real world.”

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