The Career Academy of Pella will receive a more than $36,000 grant from the Coronavirus Relief Fund Registered Apprenticeship Expansion program.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says the money will be used to purchase augmented reality equipment for the CAP’s welding apprenticeship program. Augmented Reality, or AR, is different from virtual reality, or VR, because it superimposes digital images and information over when the user can see in the real world.
AR capabilities are becoming more widely used in manufacturing settings to aid workers in completing tasks in the correct order, and to ensure they are completing a step correctly. It also provides valuable quality control in a manufacturing setting.
Click HERE to learn more about the AugmentedArc Augmented Reality Welding System from Miller, the system that students will use at the CAP. Learning how to use this emerging technology, the governor added, will provide accelerated skills training to students while they are still in the classroom setting.
The CAP is a regional training program designed to prepare high school students to enter the workforce through high school registered apprenticeships in the fields of welding, engineering assistants, nurses aides, and culinary arts. The program serves Marion County, as well as portions of Mahaska and Jasper counties.
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