GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The community is making hands-on learning experiences possible for local college students.
Colorado Mesa University's mechanical engineering technology program held its first Certek Challenge course this semester.
For the class, students have to test the efficiency of Certek heating units under the guidance of professors and Certek professionals.
"As a student that's actually planning on staying in Grand Junction, not only am I making a lot of contacts, but really the thing is that the community gets to know our school more," said James Bauer, a CMU student.
Certek has never done its own efficiency testing, so the company will also benefit from the students' work, Bauer said.
"We are not only getting our education in this, but we're giving valuable information to Certek to use when they want to improve their equipment," he said.
Summit Energy Services and Rain for Rent also contributed necessary materials for the experiment.
The student teams each used different methods to test heater efficiency. The professors and Certek representatives will judge the work and the top scoring team will receive scholarship money.