Ten students and a teacher from South Korea are spending three months here taking classes at Florence-Darlington Technical College and having work force experiences at both GE Healthcare and McLeod Health.
The students are from Youngnak u-health High School in Seoul, South Korea. They are led by their teacher Ms. Suyeon Kim.
This program, sponsored by the South Korean government, is called 2013 Global Competency Development Program for Vocational High School Student. The program supports 25 teams of high school students nationally each year through a highly competitive selection process and sends them to places all over the world for three months to gain experience and enhance competency.
Professor Gowoon Choi at Florence Darlington Technical College, thought GE Healthcare would be a good fit for this program and asked them to participate for two weeks in October.
“GE’s management was very supportive to this request and assigned the task to the Florence Chapter of the Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF) which came up with a mentoring program for the students,” said GE Human Resource Director Gregory Cunningham.
This local APAF chapter has 18 active members (more than 60% with PhD degrees) with origins from seven Asian-Pacific countries. Dr. Zhenyu Zhang was the GE program coordinator.
The program included an introduction and tour of the GE plant in Florence, GE business 101, superconducting magnet 101, Bay 4 study, Bay 3 study, a final test study, and a student presentation on selected topics. During the two weeks, the students visited the facility three times each week to complete the mentoring program.
“Before having a program at GE, I just thought that MRI is a big machine operated by power supply,” commented student Jaehyeon Myoung. “I, however, saw superconductive magnets and coils at GE Healthcare, Florence. Also, engineers helped me to understand the concept of MRI. Among a lot of information on MRI, the superconductor is the most interesting. GE thankfully allowed us to look around bays in the plant. The training at GE Healthcare broadened my perspective and experience. Also, it motivated and encouraged me more to get my dream job. I have thought that I want to get a job in the field of medical devices.”
The student’s teacher Suyeon Kim from u-Health High School, commented, “I am also very thrilled that my students have great chances to visit GE and learn about up-to-date technology. I hope that they can acquire both practical skills and valuable knowledge here. Most of all, I appreciate all of the support and welcome from GE staff.”