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home : education : education August 20, 2014

11/16/2013 7:26:00 AM
South Korean students participating in program here
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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.”













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