MAYHEW – Dalvin Tate had a good idea what he wanted to do with his life, all he needed was a little TIME.
Tate enrolled in East Mississippi Community College’s TIME (Technology Initiative in Manufacturing and Engineering) program as a junior and senior at Starkville High School before graduating from EMCC in May as a member of the first Honors class at the Golden Triangle campus.
During the closing ceremony for the TIME program, Tate told parents and guests that the program helped him decide on engineering as a college major by exposing him to advanced manufacturing in the Golden Triangle area.
Tate is now studying computer engineering at Mississippi State University.
“The second semester of my junior year I took the TIME class on blueprint reading and learned quite a bit. Then over the summer I took fundamentals of electricity, which was a reminder of things I had learned in my high school physics class, but it helped keep that information fresh in my head instead of it going to waste. And the first semester of my senior year I took precision measurement, which was measuring down to very small increments,” Tae said.
“A lot of the information I learned in the TIME courses has come up again in my computer classes. And the program was also a way to build my resume and learn more outside of school and get involved in something.”
Chrystal Newman, TIME project manager for EMCC’s Division of Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, said Tate’s experience embodies the program’s goal of uniting educational entities at multiple levels and exposing the next generation of workers to high-tech manufacturing methods.
“Dalvin embraced the career exploration opportunity that was afforded to him through the TIME grant. He excelled in training and had perfect attendance during his one-year commitment. When he came to EMCC and excelled in the Honors program, I was elated but not surprised,” Newman said.
Tate eventually hopes to work for Apple or a similar innovative technology manufacturer.
The TIME Program was a three-year National Science Foundation grant awarded based on the collaborative efforts of EMCC, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi State University’s Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology, and regional industries.
For more information on programs available through EMCC’s Division of Manufacturing Technology and Engineering, visit www.eastms.edu or call (662) 243-2686.