08/22/12 - The Automation Federation, in participating in a ground-breaking partnership to increase engineering instruction in America’s public schools, announced that it is providing subject matter expertise in the teaching of new automation classes, beginning in the fall 2012 semester, at Riverside High School.
For the first time, Riverside High School will be offering an automation curriculum, which carries an AP-level weighting. Already, 12 high school students have registered for the fall classes. Plans are underway to unveil an automation course curriculum at other local schools as well.
The introduction of automation classes at Riverside High School is part of a state-wide educational initiative involving the Automation Federation, North Carolina Project Lead The Way (NC PLTW), Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. NC PLTW is a component of a national effort to help elementary, middle and secondary school students develop their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, and enable them to lead and better compete in a high-tech, high-skill global economy.
Both the Automation Federation and the International Society of Automation (ISA), the founding sponsor of the federation, were involved in generating interest for the course among students at Riverside High School. Pat Gouhin, ISA executive director, and Mike Marlowe, managing director of the Automation Federation, presented the automation career program to a gathering of nearly 50 students at the high school.
ISA certifications are recognized as part of the NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System.