Students from Assiniboine Community College’s (ACC) Communications Engineering Technology program recently established a branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE currently has over 400,000 members worldwide. The association has been around for 127 years with some of the early founders including Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. Its core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
The ACC IEEE student branch will operate out of ACC’s Victoria Avenue East Campus in Brandon. This professional association branch is organized and run by the student members under the direction of Grant Nicol, Branch Counselor and instructor for the Communications Engineering Technology program.
“We’re very excited to have an active branch at ACC. It offers great opportunities for student growth outside the classroom. Our students will benefit from professional development events that are organized by the IEEE and other university and college branches,” said Nicol.
IEEE also promotes community involvement. The ACC IEEE student branch have been active this year in participating at the Robotics Workshop held last fall, the Brandon Career Symposium in March and recently the Young Women’s Conference held at ACC.
“Today’s lecture on Communicating in Emergencies with Brian Kayes, is an example of how we want to work with the community to offer events. This is the first of a series of seminars that will be held to help promote the advancement of technology,” said Jamie Boxell, ACC IEEE Student Branch Chair.
Assiniboine Community College has been in operation for almost 50 years. In 2008-09 the college had over 2,600 students attending college on a full-time basis. The college offers 37 certificate and diploma programs, as well as apprenticeship programs. The main campus is located in Brandon and the Parkland Campus is in Dauphin. Winnipeg has been home to a permanent Practical Nursing site since 1998. Training sites in numerous rural communities extend program offerings throughout the province.
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