ATC Global Faculty Development Initiative Creates Therapy Doll Houses
(Pictured are ATC carpentry program students who helped to assemble doll houses for the Layne Center.)
The Layne Center for Therapy Education and Assessment will receive custom doll houses thanks to the unique partnership between Atlanta Technical College’s Global Faculty Development Initiative (GFDI) and Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg (FFB).
The partnership began during ATC’s GFDI, a program that encourages collaboration and sharing ideas between technical colleges in Georgia and Germany. Hector Celis, Carpentry Program Chair, suggested that the German faculty and ATC students build doll houses for the Layne Center. Drafting instructor Dreem Penn, who did team teaching with the German faculty, worked with students on the project.
“We delivered our plans to carpentry and assigned team leaders,” said Penn. “Students were divided into groups and made responsible for the roof, windows, cut-out, and floors of the doll houses. There was also a team of students who assembled the doll houses. ATC students were able to see the project from thought, to print, to model, giving them basic insight into architectural design.”
The doll houses will be completed and delivered to the Layne Center. “We are positioning students where they are putting their hands on a job and giving back to the community,” Penn said. “That makes it personal.”
The GFDI is co-hosted by Atlanta Technical College and Felix-Fechenbach Berufskolleg in Detmold, Germany. The program is in its fourth year and is an extension of the Halle Exchange program between ATC and FFB, which began in 1997.