Eaton sponsored the second-annual “Hydraulics are Fun!” event alongside Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, Minn. The educational opportunity introduced 27 minority high school students to how hydraulics work in their everyday lives and how they can pursue hydraulics as a future career. The targeted students were identified through Cookie Cart, a non-profit organization that provides North Minnesota teenagers with work, life, and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.
To kick off the event, the students took a behind-the-scenes tour of Valley Fair amusement park to learn how hydraulics and engineering keeps rides operating safely. The students greatly enjoyed seeing the pumps in action at the amusement park, especially the hydraulic pump on the Thunder Canyon ride.
“At Cookie Cart, we hope to give teens a positive learning environment, where they can gain the skills they need to expand their career options and live better lives,” said Matt Halley, executive director, Cookie Cart. “We were pleased by how engaged the students were in learning about their educational options, and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership with Eaton and Hennepin Technical College.”
Following the tour, students headed to Hennepin Technical College, where they learned about career opportunities at Eaton from Lee Hage, engineering manager, Fixed Displacement Products Team, Hydraulics, Eaton, and Erika Crosby, senior engineer, Advanced Platform Innovations Team, Hydraulics, Eaton. Then, Merrill Irving Jr., Ed.D., president of Hennepin Technical College, discussed how the students could turn these career goals into a reality through the certificate and degree programs Hennepin offers. The students ended the day driving go-carts that were all hydrostatically driven.
“By teaming up with Hennepin Technical College, we were not only able to show these students career opportunities with Eaton in the hydraulics industry, but also provide them with steps they can take to obtain the right qualifications,” said Andre Cary, senior specialist, Industrial Sector, Hydraulics, Eaton.
To learn more about the Cookie Cart or to donate to the program, visit www.cookiecart.org.