• December 5, 2021
 MCA Foundation Hits Milestone with Workforce Development Program at Jefferson High

MCA Foundation Hits Milestone with Workforce Development Program at Jefferson High

As part of a grant recently awarded to the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation for the development of an advanced and bio-manufacturing curriculum at Jefferson High School, Simon L. Engel, President of HDE Technologies, a California-based company will be hosting a one day symposium on laser welding at Jefferson High School on March 18th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

“The El Paso Independent School District strives to provide students with real-world learning opportunities that will make them future- and career-ready.” said EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera.

Cabrera added, “We are happy to partner with HDE Technologies to bring laser welding and advanced manufacturing to Jefferson/Silva. These programs will give our students an edge in a field that is competitive and in high demand.”

The symposium  will discuss current laser welding activities and market information in several industries, particularly in medical device manufacturing.  The MCA Foundation has organized a local consortium of community partners ranging from educators, workforce development agencies and private industry to assist in the development of the curriculum.

“The mutual interest by the participating organizations and individuals to introduce laser welding education to high school level students may well be a milestone in the laser industry,” said HDE Technologies, Inc. president, Simon Engel.  “Laser welding technology attracts the young workforce – since it is a highly computerized technology, it is learnable and is healthier and more environmentally friendly than conventional welding.”

The objectives of the laser welding symposium are to familiarize the participants with industrial lasers and laser welding technology; discuss the current laser welding activities market information in several industries with a focus on medical device manufacture; discuss job descriptions for people involved in laser welding operations; review the status of education available to the currently employed and the upcoming generation of workforce; and lastly discuss the details and costs of preparing educational courses that cover industrial lasers and laser welding technologies, including equipment, facilities, training instructors and curriculum development.

The symposium is free and open to the public.  To register please visit  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/laserwelding

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