Havre’s local university is in its second day of a conference of instructors from the Pacific Northwest who teach in a field where Montana State University-Northern has some experience — diesel technology. “(It’s going) fantastic, so far,” Greg Kegel, dean of Northern’s College of Technical Sciences said Thursday. Northern is hosting the two-day No r thwe s t Di e s e l Ins t r u c to r s Conference, a gathering of instructors primarily from two-year colleges in the Pacific Northwest. Last year Kegel, who was a presenter at the 2009 conference, suggested the event be held this year in Havre. The conference typically is held in Washington, Oregon or California. A host of presenters, including representatives of major corporate partners of Northern like Caterpillar Inc., Komatsu America Corp., Kiewit Corp. and NAPA, are addressing the instructors at this year's event. It wraps up a busy week at Northern, which also hosted the Young Women in Technology Ins t i tute and Nor thern’s TekNoXpo this week. Kegel said the instructor’s conference is a good networking opportunity for Northern. The representatives of the other colleges will see first-hand the four-year programs at the university, and hear from representatives of companies that regularly recruit its graduates. Kegel said the event could lead to articulation agreements, where graduates of the college’s one-year and two-year programs could t rans fer t o Northern to finish out their educations in the university’s fouryear programs.
Northern conference in second day
Published: Friday, April 23rd, 2010
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