Tonawanda News


October 6, 2013

More than bridges

Real-world experience pays off for NT engineering academy students


Tonawanda News — “Someday, one of these interns, I hope, takes over my job ... comes back and says ‘I want to do that.’ “

Student Austin Glick spent his internship at Aquasol Corp. in North Tonawanda and was offered a further role (although he was unable to take it). Jonathon Gondek, mechanical engineer at Aquasol, said this was the second year an academy student served as an intern at the company, and they plan to continue the relationship in the future.

“I think it’s great for both sides,” he said. “I think one of the nice things is that it helps us bring in some young minds, some fresh ideas, especially when we get them involved in some product development. 

“It’s a nice opportunity for some of these young kids to get into the engineering environment and get a feel for it before they head to college.”

At any given time, the academy generally has about 70 students, with about 18 joining each class. June Mikulski, teacher and co-director of the academy, called the current class “exceptional.”

“I think that’s why they’re being offered these opportunities,” she said. “I’ve heard a lot of positive comments about them. They’re been outstanding ... and we hope our program is what’s helping them to excel.”

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