Thursday, January 16, 2014

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January 16, 2014 - 2:15pm
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  POPLARVILLE - Students in the electronics technology program at Pearl River Community College use a new piece of equipment that puts them ahead of their peers in similar programs.
  The computer numerically-controlled circuit board router designs and makes circuit boards, said instructor Vic Cerniglia.
  “No other community college that I’m aware of has this,” he said.
  Students enrolled in drafting for electronics - a two-week block course - quickly learn to use the equipment.
  “This is the third day and they’re already designing circuit boards,” Cerniglia said. “Pretty much every electronic device has circuit boards. They start out at this level developing prototypes for the actual circuit.”
  Katie Williams of Poplarville expects the added experience will help her land a good job.
  “It’s really interesting,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like this before. It’s really advantageous.”
  Williams is on track to graduate in December with a dual major in electronics and instrumentation technology. She is combining course work with service in the Air Force Reserves as an avionics technician.
  “It’s not quite as intricate as this,” she said.
  Electronics technology is one of several career-technical programs PRCC offers in the block format - a complete course is taught in two weeks with classes meeting all day. Students can earn an associate in applied science degree in electronics technology in four semesters.
  For information about the electronics technology program, contact Cerniglia at 601 403-1108 or vcerniglia@prcc.edu

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Electronics technology student Katie Williams of Poplarville works with the computer numerically-controlled router to design and make a circuit board at Pearl River Community College.
PRCC Public Relations photo

PRCC student Katie Williams of Poplarville adjusts the router that makes circuit boards in the electronics technology lab.
PRCC Public Relations photo