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COA Hosts Middle School Students at RATTC

Machine Lab

Barco — College of The Albemarle (COA) hosted two area middle schools at the Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center (RATTC) on Friday, April 12. Students from Perquimans County Middle School and Moyock Middle School were placed in small groups and moved throughout stations where they experienced hands-on activities within the variety of programs offered at RATTC.

The students learned how to set up, drill, and tap a hole using the Vertical Milling Machine in the machine shop; worked on aircraft parts in the Aviation lab; and drafted a gadget claw in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)Technology that was printed on a three-dimensional machine.

“Early exposure to the programs offered at COA helps our area students get a feel for the kinds of career opportunities that are available. The programs offered at RATTC provide high-tech, high paying jobs for student completers and it is never too early for the students to begin thinking about their future college and career plans,” said Michelle Waters, Dean, Business, Industry and Applied Technologies; Campus Administrator, RATTC.

For more information on the programs that the RATTC offers, call 252-453-3035.

Pictured: Scott Dudley, Instructor, Aviation Systems Technology, talks with students from Perquimans County Middle School in the Aviation Lab