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COLLEGE CONNECTION FEF Students Exposed to Industry at Metalcasting Congress O


ne of the highlights for many FEF students is the opportunity to attend


industry events—including, and most recently, the AFS Metalcast- ing Congress. Congress is a great chance for students to be exposed to the opportunities and ben- efits available in the metalcasting industry, as well as to meet the people working in this industry. Thanks to the generosity of


a donor, FEF was able to make additional funding available this year to all of its certified and af- filiated schools who wanted to get students to the 122nd Congress in Fort Worth, Texas. And thanks to the generosity of AFS, these students were allowed to attend at no charge. There were over 110 students who attended, representing 19 FEF schools. Attending Congress is not only


a good opportunity for the stu- dents to learn from the technical sessions, but it also allows them to network with industry people who they may soon be working with or for. Several of the students who attended Congress will be gradu- ating this spring and are looking for full time employment in the metalcasting industry. Being able to visit hundreds of companies in one place specializing in “their” industry is invaluable to these students. Many students also assisted AFS


during the technical sessions. Tey helped to make sure the speak- ers had what they needed, scanned the badges of the attendees, and in general, tried to make sure that each


ABOUT FEF


Established: FEF was founded in 1947 to assure a continuing supply of technical manpower for the industry. Revenue: All received from annual contributors goes into FEF’s general fund and is used to support the regular scholarship program as well as all other FEF activities. In addition to this revenue, FEF receives funds for special purposes. FEF Scholarships: They are offered currently at 20 colleges and universities in North America. Scholarship recipients are selected by Key Professors at FEF schools. Certified and Affiliated Schools: An FEF certified school receives direct funding from FEF, while an FEF affiliated school does not receive direct funding, but students are eligible to apply for any scholarship that is listed on the FEF website.


60 | MODERN CASTING May 2018 Texas State students pose at the recent Metalcasting Congress.


session ran as smoothly as possible. “Tanks to AFS for providing our students with this incredible oppor- tunity and thanks to all of our donors who provide funding for scholarships and travel expenses,” FEF said in a


news release. “Your gifts are helping to ensure that the future of the casting industry remains bright.”


College Connection is a recurring feature that will run in Modern Casting highlighting the metalcasting programs and students at FEF schools.


Several students attended the Women in Metalcasting breakfast.


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