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Georgia Pacific Funds New Engineering Laboratory on Co-Lin’s Wesson Campus
WESSON – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation recently received a donation from Georgia Pacific to establish a new engineering laboratory on the Wesson Campus along with support for the Seawolves Underwater Robotics Engineering team.
The new engineering laboratory will be an integral component of Co-Lin’s Pre-Engineering academic program. With this program, Co-Lin strives to best prepare students from its surrounding Mississippi counties for university engineering curricula. The Science Division at Co-Lin currently offers two engineering courses, Introduction to Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design, and will soon offer Computer-Aided Graphic Communication.
The lab will incorporate a presentation/discussion area with laboratory-style tables available for hands-on activities, and computer workstations offering engineering design/graphics software, such as SOLIDWORKS, and computational software, such as MATLAB. The lab will foster students’ exploration into all engineering disciplines, with the near-term objective of promoting student involvement in local industry and technical organizations, such as the Mississippi Engineering Society.
Both the Seawolves team and the new engineering laboratory will integrate students from the academic and career-technical areas of the college. Funding for the Seawolves allows the team to purchase needed supplies and equipment as well as assist in competition travel expenses.
“The Science Division has been looking to expand our engineering design class for some time. This grant will give us the opportunity to build an engineering lab for student-led engineering projects. I am very thankful for this generous donation from Georgia Pacific,” said Co-Lin Science Division chair and Seawolves advisor Dr. Kevin McKone.
“Partners like Georgia Pacific are vital to the success of Co-Lin’s mission to educate students and provide skilled workers for the community, state, and beyond,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Jane Hulon Sims. “I am grateful for their generosity that will help our Pre-Engineering program and our students to flourish.”