Ray Sova is not a typical student; he thrives on the hands-on education he is pursuing at Alfred State. Ray, an architectural technology  student, learns through traditional classes, but he also learns through practicing on real-world problems, starting with his very first semester.
“I was anxious to begin my architectural training, and Alfred State gave me the chance to dive in right out of high school,” Ray said.
One example of Ray’s hands-on education took place in Sorrento, Italy, where he was the student leader for his study abroad program . While there, Ray worked with a team of students on creating a new expanded and enhanced design for the tourist port of Marina Piccola. “We collaborated, sketched, and designed a more sustainable and functional layout for the Marina Piccola. We created beautiful designs that we were able to present to the mayor of Sorrento, as well as other local Sorrentines.” Upon return to the U.S., Ray presented his team’s architectural designs at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Pittsburgh.
Ray also plays varsity baseball , learning “teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership that you simply cannot learn inside a classroom.” In fall 2009, Ray was given the “Most Dedicated Athlete” award. Ray’s athletics experience demonstrates that project-based learning can be found in every aspect of Alfred State’s culture.
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