Special Projects and Cooperative Ventures in the Present
- A project to train practical engineers in the natural gas industry, in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy: a profession for the future.
- A project to train practical engineers in the field of micro-electronics, for the Intel company and in partnership with it.
- A project to train practical engineers for the railroad industry, in partnership with the Israel Railways company.
- A special project for the ultra-orthodox sector— with tuition funded by the Ministry of Economics and Industry.
- A special project for the Bedouin sector, “AShBal”, now in its third cycle of students. Studies are funded by the Ministry of Economics which covers subsistence grants and transportation expenses. Students are spread throughout the College’s departments, studying in day and evening programs.
- The “MASA” Project, the main purpose of which is to allow any Jewish youth, aged 18 to 30, from anywhere in the world, the opportunity to live in Israel for 5 to 10 months holding the status of a tourist. In the College, the MASA project began to be implemented in 2008 in the fields of graphic design and website construction and design, photography, and preparation for the M.D. examination in Israel for doctors.
- The project of the ultra-orthodox seminar for girls in Ofakim, a 30-year collaboration. Haredi women study for a degree of Practical Engineer in programming and graphic design, fields suitable to future work from home. Architecture and Interior Design are in the planning stages.
- A BA for Practical Engineers: Expanding the program for practical engineers in the third year and allowing completion of a BA in technological management or technological education
- Development of a “Cyber Center”. The Prime Minister has declared Beer-Sheva to be the “capital of cyber-technology”. A relationship has been established with a professional company that specializes in this field. As a first stage a cyber specialization will be added to the program for Software Engineering.
- A regional welding center: a workshop which will include all the types of welding and metalwork and will serve the Beer-Sheva metropolitan area.
- A center for the study of HVAC?, for factories, buildings, apartments and vehicles.
Some Special Projects from the Past
- The “SeLaH” Project (Studentim Lifnei Horim— Students Before Parents). Students immigrate to Israel, train for a profession, find work; their parents follow them and immigrate to Israel.
- The project to absorb immigrants from Ethiopia (brought to Israel via “Campaign Solomon” and “Campaign Moses”). Ethiopian immigrants greatly differed from other immigrants from an educational standpoint: they ranged from people with no education whatsoever to those with a partial high-school education. The College created a modular, flexible program suited to them all.
- Project for a teaching certificate in Practical Engineering. The practical engineer studies for an additional year to attain a professional teaching degree in a field such as didactics or psychology, and on graduating continues as a high-school teacher in the corresponding field.
- Nuclear technician project. Training was in three specializations: Chemistry, Reactors and Radiation in conjunction with the Center for Nuclear Research in Dimona.
- Project for Hotel Studies: kitchen services, reception clerks, marketing and administration and events management. The objective was to meet the demand from the hotels in the Dead Sea and Eilat.
- The retraining of university graduates. Engineers from the Soviet Union whose professions did not match the demand in Israel were retrained as educators of mathematics, physics and technology—and gave a very strong boost to this field in the whole country.
- The Shiluv project: 5 cycles of students were taught in day classes: young men and women from Bedouin society studied chemistry, construction, auto-mechanics, electricity, programming, refrigeration and air-conditioning. Funded by the Ministry of Economics, students received a subsistence grant and transportation funds.
- Continuing-education classes for inmates in the two prisons near Beer-Sheva. It was decided that teachers from the college would provide classes to the inmates, in conjunction with the Prison Service Authority.
- 13 branches of the College were created throughout the Negev, from Ashdod to Eilat, mainly in the fields of professional training and preparatory classes for studies in Practical Engineering. Meant for working residents, classes were offered after working hours (and not only then) so as to make it easier for studies to take place.