Follow Jaime Linkedin
Email Jaime Email
Education
Aug 25, 2021

FTCC’s Associate Degree Engineering Program: Find Your Way Forward with a Rewarding STEM Career

Sponsored Content provided by Jaime Villamil - FTCC Engineering Instructor, Fayetteville Technical Community College

The world has changed dramatically over the past year. We have faced unprecedented challenges that affected every single aspect of life. We have adapted, overcome, and improvised on a daily basis in order to cope with the new normal of life.  From wearing masks in public and keeping a safe distance to complete isolation, people have made major adjustments to their lives in order to cope with the pandemic. And, sadly, for many, the situation created by the pandemic has ultimately led to a desperate struggle for survival.

 

Fortunately, we live in an era of technology. We are able to do things now that were impossible for past generations. We can telework, order food online, Skype, Facetime and teleconference from our homes or even from the palms of our hands. Even during times of isolation, we are able to stay virtually connected and be productive. Throughout the pandemic, a good number of people were able to continue working and feed themselves, thanks to the advances of the last century and especially the last few decades. We now take things such as cars, computers, smartphones and the internet for granted, but these items have made coping with the pandemic a completely different experience when compared to the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

 

We still face challenges, however, and it doesn’t look like things are going to go back to what we remember as normal for a while.  To face these challenges, we are going to need fresh new minds to invent new ways of doing things. We now have a generation of young people who grew up in a world of technology and have an innate understanding of how to live in a cyber-connected world. 

 

Unfortunately, technology can be a two-edged sword, and with so many distractions, many are falling short of their true potential. The US education system has been pushing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and careers for years because of the shortage of people in these degree fields. Now that we are faced with new challenges stemming from the pandemic, we need STEM-educated individuals now even more than ever. Who will research new cures, invent new ways to work and communicate, or design the next generation of ventilators? An old adage (late 1800s) states, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” But these words are far from the truth.  Think of everything that has been invented since the late 1800s! Had this been true back then, we would still be riding horses for primary transportation and reading by candlelight! Without the technological advances of the last century, our current crisis would have been much more difficult to navigate.

 

So, here’s a call for individuals to accept the challenge to become the next generation of scientists, inventors, and engineers! You may be the one who invents something new that positively changes our world.  

 

FTCC’s Associate Degree Engineering program can help you begin this exciting journey!  Fall 8-week classes begin October 14.  Apply for Fall classes today and allow FTCC to help you find your way forward!  

Join The Discussion

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
fayetteville-state-university wesley-fountain headshott

FSU Welcomes Inaugural Board of Visitors Tasked with Increasing HBCUs Impact in the Region

Wesley Fountain - Director of Community Relations and Economic Partnerships, Fayetteville State University
tom-keith-associates-inc alex-keith headshott

Where has all the Hunting Land Gone?

Alex Keith - Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and Property Manager, Tom Keith & Associates, Inc.
highland-roofing-company jeanette-omdalen headshott

Seven keys for a successful rooftop bar and patio

Jeanette Omdalen - CEO, Highland Roofing Company

In The Current Issue

Teamwork makes the dream work: Morgan finds success in new role through collaboration, passion

Dr. Jeffery Morgan, Interim executive director of the Fayetteville, North Carolina VA Coastal Health Care System. PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRSGFBJ: Throughout your military career, you served in a variety of positions, includ


A New View: Leaders have positive outlook when it comes to future of Fayetteville region

On Tuesday, June 7, the Greater Fayetteville Business Journal hosted its fourth quarterly Power Breakfast at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden.Businesspeople from different organizations throughout the community gathered together at the sold-out event t


Floating solar array: New system is the first of its kind for DoD and the largest in the Southeast United States

The solar array will power close to 735 homes and last up to 35-40 years. PHOTOS BY SAVANAH RAMSEYOn Friday, June 10, Army leaders, executives from Duke Energy and Ameresco gathered at Fort Bragg’s Camp Mackall for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its n