Community Day offers opportunities to learn basic wiring

Staff Writer

Electrical Technologies and Automation and Control programs at East Mississippi Community College Mayhew Campus opened its doors recently to the public for its second annual Community Day. The event invites those interested in the programs to come and see what is being taught, talk to the students and instructors and learn basic electrical safety.

"Community Day for 2017, was a great opportunity to introduce people to what EMCC has to offer," said John Ricks, anElectrical student at EMCC. "Electrical Technology students, along with the Electrical Technology staff of EMCC organized the event. It was a great success."

Ricks said the students briefed those in attendance on electrical safety, while providing hands - on basic electrical wiring techniques.

"These were simple things that can be easily done around the home," Ricks said. "The community support was great, we were glad to have so many people come and see what we are learning,"

Heather Parnell is one of five women currently enrolled in the Electrical Technologies and Automation and Controls programs.

"We successfully taught members of the community how to safely wire switches and electrical receptacles," Parnell said. "Everyone seemed to appreciate the hands-on training from the students. I enjoy participating as a student to impart what I've learned by being part of the program."

Amber Summerall, a student in the Automation and Control program, said Community Day brought in people from not only West Point, Columbus and Starkville, but from Noxapater as well. She said the reputation of the program reaches outside the Golden Triangle area.

"Community Day had a really good turn out," said Bailey Luke, a student in the program. "It was open to the public to come in and learn simple wiring tasks of single pole and three-way switches."

Luke said it was also beneficial to the students to discuss the principals of wiring with the public and putting what they have learned to work.

"I think what the public learned from us during Community Day will come in handy if they need to change out a switch, receptacles or lights," Luke said

Bobby Johnson, instructor of the Electrical Department said this was the second annual Community Day and the attendance numbers tripled from the first one.

" I'm looking forward to the future and for our program and Community Day to continue to grow," Johnson said. "This is an opportunity for the people in the surrounding communities to see what Electrical Technologies and Automation and Control has to offer its students."

He said those people who participate in Community Day don't just learn about wiring a switch and an outlet. They get the chance to look around, see what the students are learning and talk to the instructors and students.

"They can see the work ethic and values that we carry and what we are doing at EMCC," Johnson said. "Ultimately our goal is recruitment, of course. but we also want to share the knowledge and some of our experiences."

Johnson said the classes are for kids straight out of high school, or adults who want to learn a skill. Men and women are equally welcome into the program.

"We open our door for Community Day because want anyone who is interested to see the quality training the electrical program produces," Johnson said." If someone wants a quality education for an in demand technical skill in a high paying field then contact the instructors of the Electrical Technologies and Automation and Controls programs."