News for June 2016

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Cal Poly Hosts Industrial Technology Teachers Conference
June 28, 2016

High school and community college shop teachers from throughout the state gathered at Cal Poly for an annual summer conference to gain a variety of hands-on experiences to enhance their industrial and technology classes.

The two-day California Industrial and Technology Education Association (CITEA) conference, held June 27-28, was designed to help shop teachers prepare their students for industrial and technical jobs.

The event, organized in partnership with Cal Poly Engineering and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, featured dozens of workshops as well as opportunities to demonstrate how “teachers helping teachers” benefits students.

“Cal Poly’s role in hosting and sponsoring this conference is the highlight of my year every year — for the past 13 years,” said Martin Koch, principal organizer of the event, who serves as both technician and lecturer for Cal Poly’s Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department. “It has become a one-stop shop for shop teachers and manufacturing educators to gain new information and hands-on practice, engage in peer-to-peer sharing and networking opportunities, and connect with a cross-section of industry representatives.”

Keynote speaker Carl Bass, CEO of AutoDesk, discussed “the future of making things,” including innovations made possible by additive, subtractive, robotic and biological manufacturing. Reid Johnson, product manager for AutoDesk, discussed the company’s free software and resources for educators and their students.

Other free tools, equipment and resources were shared by CITEA’s field representative John Chocholak, and onsite vendors also provided tips and resources to help teachers stretch their limited classroom budgets.

“The conference was an affordable and efficient use of my time,” said Brian Atwater, a shop teacher from East Bakersfield High School. “The workshops and opportunities to share ideas and information brought me up to date quickly and expanded my connections and resources. Everything I learned here can be put to immediate good use. It will have a direct benefit to my low-income students who need and want to learn the skills necessary for high-paid jobs and a better future.”


The California Industrial and Technology Education Association serves all industrial technology and vocational education communities by providing professional development, legislative analysis, advocacy and networking.



Heading toward Engineering Plaza? Take the 'Grand Detour' via Highland Dr. or California Blvd.
June 13, 2016

Excuse our dust!

Due to major construction projects this summer, the university is asking drivers to avoid Grand Avenue from June 15 to Aug. 31 (although the Performing Arts Center and Grand Avenue Parking Structure remain accessible). California Boulevard and Highland Drive will become the primary access points to campus. Detour maps and project information can be found at

The detour will allow work on more than 100 projects, grand and small, among them the Vista Grande Replacement project. The current Vista Grande student dining facility will be demolished this summer to make way for a new three-story dining complex with six dining options, patio space and lounge areas. Construction will continue on the Student Housing South project, which will house 1,475 students. Both projects are expected to be completed by fall 2018.

Other projects along Grand Avenue include replacing hot water pipes below the street surface between Pacheco Way and North Perimter Road and upgrading fire protection systems at Yosemite Hall.

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