South Korean students visit GE
Ten senior high school students from South Korea visited GE Healthcare from Sept. 8 until Oct. 1. This was the third visit of students from Youngnak u-Health High School which is designated as specialized in u-Health (ubiquitous-health which integrates IT system and medical industry), but it was their last trip due to the termination of a five-year plan of the South Korean government. “The aim of specialized high school education is to cultivate highly trained professionals in specialized fields which will support Korea’s changing societal needs, as well as support its success in today’s global economy,” explains Gowoon Choi, coordinator of the project and physics instructor at FDTC.
The South Korean Ministry of Education contributes to this mission by sponsoring three months of the Global Competency Development Program, he continued. The government supports about 300 high school students each year through a highly competitive selection process and sends them to places all over the world to gain experience and enhance competency.
Youngnak u-Health HS students, as one of the teams, take health information technology, medical device lab, and ESL classes at Florence-Darlington Technical College under Continuing Education, as well as having tours and classes at GE Healthcare and McLeod Medical Center. Engineers of APAF team members, under the leadership of Amy Cheng (2015), put lots of effort on providing an enjoyable experience for students while delivering the concept of MRI and leading them to each bay in the plant, Gowoon Choi noted.
Students said they were very lucky to have an opportunity of seeing how GE Healthcare, one of the best companies in the world, operates in real life and gain some knowledge about MRI. “From safety training, we realized how important to be educated before working at GE Healthcare. Through introduction of GE Healthcare, our perspectives were broadened by learning that GEHC works to make the world better by recognizing global needs. Every time we come to learn, we were so excited to learn about superconductivity in magnet, components of MRI, cryogen, and Bay 1-4 in depth. I’m sure that this experience equipped me for the work force,” said student Sunwoo Jin.
This program was wrapped up by students’ presentation about the components of an MRI, the comparison of MRI to other medical devices, and a proposal of future health related company. Ms. Min Sun Park, a supervising teacher of 10 students, said “During the four weeks of the mentoring program, students learned about up-to-date technology, concepts of MRI, and process of manufacturing MRI.
The whole process was enjoyable and informative. We really appreciated all APAF team members for their warm welcome and the dedicated support on this program in 2015.” A closing ceremony is scheduled at 4 p.m. on Nov. 12 at SIMT. The South Korean visitors are staying at TownePlace Marriot Hotel and are scheduled to return to Korea on Nov. 17.
The Florence General Electric Healthcare facility received an award last year from the South Korean Ministry of Education for being the best supporting company. GE Engineer Manager Stuart Feltham and Dr. Zhenyu Zhang, Program Coordinator APAF: Asian Pacific Association, accepted the award.