May 10, 2016
Students from the Ursuline College Specialist High Skills Major course in Manufacturing got a chance to participate in a real-world business challenge, as part of their Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship training.
The school partnered with BDM Millwrights in Chatham, where students were presented with a problem and asked to develop a solution. The challenge was related to the company's desire to expand and focused on access to the property for shipping and receiving, employee parking, material storage and pedestrian safety.
"Our students visited the company property, where they were given a site map and introduced to the problem," says teacher Lisa Serruys. "They were also given key information, such as budget limitations, relevant Chatham-Kent By-Laws and the company's future expansion plans. The students asked some great questions and had some great ideas."
The next day, they returned and gathered in groups to brainstorm ideas, research their solutions and prioritize their ideas in terms of budget and urgency. Finally, they presented their recommendations to BDM.
"This was a tremendous exercise, that was worthwhile not only for the students, but for our company," says Kelly Murphy, a partner at BDM. "The students came up with some solutions that we had not considered. When you work in an environment every day, it's always good to have a fresh set of eyes take a look at how you do things."
In the photo above, students review the problem with teacher Lisa Serruys (second from left) and Kelly Murphy of BDM Millwrights (far right).