7:00 am – 6:00 pm
West Conference Foyer
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Internet Café and Hot Spot
7:30 – 8:45 am
Showcase II Set-up
7:30 – 8:45 am
7:30 – 8:45 am
ATE Student/Alumni Recognition Breakfast (By invitation only)
7:45 – 8:45 am
9:00 – 10:15 am
V. Celeste Carter, Lead ATE Program Director, National Science Foundation, VA
Susan Singer, Deputy Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation, VA
Technicians in the Workforce – Celebrating Student Leadership and Success
This plenary session focuses on the conference theme of ATE@20: Advancing Innovation and Sustaining Success, and highlights STEM technicians from their student beginnings to their value and impact as employees in the workplace. Hear directly from industry employers and recent ATE program graduates about how the ATE program helps students transition into the workplace; the benefits to employers of hiring ATE-prepared graduates; and ATE’s role in preparing students to be leaders in advancing the U.S. STEM workforce and our nation’s competitiveness.
Facilitator: Moira Gunn, Host, TechNation and Biotech Nation, National Public Radio, CA
Johann Garcia, Junior Health Physics Technician, Bartlett Nuclear, FL
Keqin Gregg, Genetic Testing Lab Manager, Genotox Laboratories, TX
Wenjing Guo, Analyst I, Genotox Laboratories, TX
Jerry W. Hiatt, Chief Technical Officer, BHI Energy, MA
Justin Patten, Operations Manager, Hysitron, Inc., MN
Bryant Lekander, Quality Assurance Technician, Hysitron, Inc., MN
10:15 – 10:30 am
Diplomat, Ambassador, and Empire Foyers
10:30 – 11:45 am
Session 1: Industry Voices – What Industry Wants from Graduates to Hire Them and Keep Them?Ambassador
Werner Eikenbusch, Manager, Apprentice and Associate Training, BMW Manufacturing Corporation, SC
Matt Glover, Director of Global IT, AMX, TX
Patricia A. Shugart, Chief Operating Officer, Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corporation, NC
Moderator: Ann Beheler, Principal Investigator, Regional Convergence Technology Center,
Collin College, TX
Hear from a diverse group of business and industry leaders involved with the ATE program regarding their impressions of the impact of ATE on the workforce and the skills they wish to see in our graduates. Panelists will also discuss current job prospects; issues surrounding diversity in hiring practices; the value of certificates, degrees, and industry recognized certifications; and the behaviors that are necessary to keep a job once it is obtained. There will be sufficient time devoted to a question and answer period with the audience.
Session 2: Envisioning ATE@30: The Community College Role in the STEM Economy
Elaine Craft, Director, SC ATE Center, Florence-Darlington Community College, SC
Jonathan Rothwell, Senior Research Associate and Associate Fellow, The Brookings Institution, DC
Louis Soares, Vice President, Policy, Research and Strategy, American Council on Education, DC
Moderator: Kent Phillippe, Associate Vice President, Research, and Student Success, American Association of Community Colleges, DC
Where is the STEM workforce for tomorrow being educated? According to a recent Brookings Institute report on The Hidden STEM Economy, 50% of STEM jobs do not require a bachelor’s degree. This panel will address current and future trends in STEM occupations and employment, shifts in higher education and the changing models of post-secondary degrees, and the challenges and issues that community colleges will need to address in preparing future STEM technicians. Key leaders in higher education, public policy and research, and STEM technician education will discuss the future of U.S. higher education given our shifting economy and changing educational landscape—and its impact on STEM.
Session 3: STEMMING the Marginalized Tide: Meeting Underrepresented Learners
Where They Live
Brian J. Ketz, Executive Officer, Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor, DC
Terrance R. Campbell, Deputy Director, YOUR Center, MI
Moderators: Deb Newberry, Director and PI, Nano-Link, Dakota County Community College, MN
Patricia Dombrowski, Executive Director, Health eWorkforce Consortium, Bellevue College, WA
The opportunity to learn from, inspire, and serve the oncoming wave of diverse STEM learners and technicians is an exhilarating challenge for community colleges. Leadership from veterans, students of color, indigenous communities, youth living in poverty, and learners with cognitive and physical impairments is needed. This session focuses on practical steps to link with faith based and veterans’ organizations. A session goal is to foster an open exchange with experts in these fields and other participants, to assist development of localized scenarios and strong projects.
Session 4: Emerging Technologies Lightning Round
Kevin Cooper, Director, RC-NET, Indian River State College, FL
Marilyn Barger, PI and Executive Director, FLATE, Hillsborough Community College, FL
Dan Hull, PI and Executive Director, OP-TEC, TX
Gordon Snyder, PI and Executive Director, ICT Center, Springfield Community and Technical
Sandra Porter, Co-PI, Bio-Link, WA
Michael Lesiecki , PI, Executive Director, MATEC, Maricopa Community Colleges, AZ
Steve Kane, Managing Director, SpaceTEC, FL
Mel Cossette, PI, MatEd, Edmonds Community College, WA
Ken Patton, PI, RapidTech, Saddleback College, CA
Michelle Norgren, Director and PI, VESTA, Missouri State University, MO
Kristi Jean, Co-PI, Nano-Link, North Dakota State College, ND
Edgar Troudt, Co-PI, Student Entrepreneurs Video Project, Kingsborough Community College, NY
Moderator: Rachael Bower, PI, ATE Central, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Come join experts from the ATE community and learn about a range of new and emerging technologies in a fast-paced and informative lightning round session. Ten presenters will each spend six minutes (and a few slides) providing participants with an overview of recent changes and innovations in their field— including photonics, information technology, vitacology, manufacturing, nanotechnology, biotechnology and much more. A brief question and answer period will allow attendees to interact with presenters, mention trends or technologies from their own field, and expand on information provided during the more formal portion of the presentation.
12:00 – 2:15 pm
Showcase II and Lunch
2:15 – 3:00 pm
Showcase II Breakdown
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Workshop and Discussion Sessions
Workshop: Career Pathways: A Strategy for Building Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce
Peirce Hammond, Senior Advisor for Special Initiatives, OVAE, U.S. Department of Education, DC
Christopher Coro, Deputy Director, Adult Education and Literacy, OVAE, U.S. Department of
Stan Koutstaal, Program Manager, Health Professional Opportunity Grants Program, U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, DC
Laura Messenger, Education Program Specialist, OVAE, U.S. Department of Education, DC
Andrala Walker, Workforce Analyst, ETA, U.S. Department of Labor, DC
As the need for postsecondary skills and knowledge presses individuals and employers, career pathway approaches are gaining attention. “Career pathways” are a strategy for youths and adults to acquire marketable skills and postsecondary credentials by aligning education, employment, and social services among public agencies and linking them to labor market trends and employer needs. In April, 2012 the Departments of Education (ED), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Labor (DOL) issued a joint letter encouraging states and local areas to adopt career pathway approaches to the delivery of employment, training, and education services and providing a common definition of career pathways and their essential components. ED, HHS, and DOL have formed an interagency working group to share information, identify opportunities for collaboration and technical assistance, and recommend strategies for adoption of career pathways approaches. This workshop will provide an overview of federal activities concerning career pathways, emphasizing their relevance to higher education and STEM. Agency representatives will share promising practices and address ways to build high-quality programs for a variety of student populations, including disconnected youth, low-skilled adults, and dislocated workers.
Workshop: You Have Developed a Patentable Product on an ATE Grant. Now What?
Patricia E. Campbell, Director, School of Law, University of Maryland, MD
Dorian Grumet, Director, Licensee Relations and Reliance, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ
Ned Israelsen, Partner, Knobbe Martens, CA
Moderator: Judith Fitzpatrick, Director of Quality Assurance Program, Bergen Community College, NJ
Community colleges are joining their university counterparts in encouraging research and now are confronted with the issues surrounding patenting and commercialization. The university departments that handle these processes are costly and supported by a high volume of intellectual property. Community colleges are challenged to provide this. Consequently, inventors at community colleges and community colleges are short-changed. In this session, participants will hear from three distinguished patent professionals familiar with various university commercialization infrastructures who will lead a discussion on the various avenues that might be utilized by community colleges to support the patenting of inventions and the entrepreneurial spirit.
Discussion: The National Cyber League: Where Cybersecuirty is a Passion
Casey O'Brien, Director and PI, National CyberWatch Center, Prince George’s Community College, MD
Attendees will learn about the National Cyber League (NCL), a first-of-its-kind ongoing educational experiment in learning and gaming, where the students (AKA players) are co-creators and collaborators in building engaging, entertaining, measurable, and scalable methods of learning to enlist a new generation of cybersecurity professionals. This session will engage participants by telling a compelling story of how four ATE centers partnered in May 2011 to create an ongoing and virtual training ground for students to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills using novel, next-generation, high-fidelity simulation environments.
Discussion: Transforming the Mindset of Secondary School Educators to Stimulate Student Choice of STEM Careers
John Reutter, Director of Planning and Resource Development, J.F. Drake State Technical College, AL
J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College has created the Summer Technology Institute (STI), a two-week experience for secondary school educators. The STI immerses participants in an 80-hour, postsecondary education experience covering a range of STEM topics and exposure to related careers. Participants are required to develop lesson plans and portfolios for use in their secondary school teaching and counseling jobs upon return to work in the fall. Testimonials produced by the participants at the end of the Institute provide evidence that participants undergo a significant transformation of opinion about STEM careers and community college educational pathways leading to those careers.
Discussion: In-Depth Review of the Development of a Manufacturing Career Pathway
Karen White, Executive Director, 360º Manufacturing and Applied Engineering ATE Regional Center,
Bemidji State University, MN
Participants will engage in a discussion on best practices for the development of a multiple college career pathway. Project leaders will review how they developed the 360º Seamless Career Pathway encompassing machine tool, welding, electronics, and mechanical design. Lessons learned include how best to engage faculty in the development of a seamless career pathway from high school to bachelor-level. Meeting facilitation, worksheets, sample articulation agreements, and communication graphics will be shared and discussed. Participants will be asked to share how the best practices and lessons learned could be utilized by their project and field.
Workshop: The Competitive Edge of Leadership: Gaining/Using/Sharing Knowledge of What Works in Technician Education
Dennis Faber, Co-PI, Mentor-Connect Project, MD
Tressa Gardner, Program Manager and Co-PI, Florence-Darlington Technical College, SC
Shawn Payne, Mechatronics Coordinator, Owensboro Community and Technical College, KY
Liesel Ritchie, Assistant Director for Research, University of Colorado, CO
Moderator: Elaine Craft, SC ATE Director, Florence-Darlington Technical College, SC
Leaders know that knowledge is power. Learn how to gain/use/and share powerful knowledge through mentoring to inform effective practice, engage STEM students, and overcome obstacles. Learn about a new way that relevant research is being brought to the doorstep of technician educators. Explore ways you can use research findings to be more successful in your work and to prepare competitive grant proposals. Review options to grow as a leader by mentoring within the ATE Program and sharing information/research findings from your project or Center work.
Discussion: What Can ATE PIs and Co-PIs Do to Proactively Broaden Impacts and Recruit Women to STEM?
Donna L. Milgram, Executive Director, IWITTS, CA
Find out what your ATE project or center can do to meet NSF’s broader impacts requirements and increase diversity in your STEM programs. Donna Milgram, PI of the CalWomenTech Scale-Up Project, will share concrete strategies that have worked to increase the number of female students in STEM programs at ATE sites using a Women in STEM Leadership Team model. Attendees will then have an opportunity to share experiences, learn what strategies have been successful for other programs, and brainstorm strategies to take back to their projects/centers that can be implemented right away.
Discussion: Beyond the Classroom Walls
Cathryn Balas, Co-PI, Clark State Community College, OH
Dan Heighton, PI and Professor, Computer Networking-Cybersecurity, Clark State Community College, OH
This discussion session will focus on the effective use of faculty extern/student intern teams for faculty development. Presenters will demonstrate how faculty have become more engaged in the business community and the impact of the team approach on faculty and students. This promising model has benefits to all the parties involved—small businesses gain resources through faculty involvement; students experience teamwork in a business setting far beyond a single internship model; and faculty develop new, hands-on approaches to teaching and mentoring students. Participants will be challenged to identify methods they can use to replicate the model.
Workshop: Using Universal Design Principles to Improve Student Learning and Success
Donna Lange, Center Director, DeafTEC, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Gary Long, Co-PI, DeafTEC, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Myra Pelz, Co-PI, DeafTEC, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Universal design in education is an approach to designing course instruction, materials, and content to benefit people of all learning styles. Modifications for students, especially for those with disabilities, are built into the curriculum, not merely added later on as needs arise. During this presentation, participants will experience what it is like to be a deaf student in a class followed by a discussion on the challenges deaf students face in the classroom and Universal Design principles that could be used to improve the instruction and learning not only for the deaf student but for all students in the class.
Workshop: All for One: Meeting the Grant Mission with Multiple Partners
Jodi Creasap-Gee, State Coordinator, VESTA, Kent State University, OH
Michelle Norgren, Director and PI, VESTA, Missouri State University, MO
Scott Kohl, Campus Director, VESTA, Highland Community College, KS
Moderator: Michael Gau, Co-PI, VESTA, Northeast Iowa Community College, IA
Coordinating a large number of partners and assuring that all grant goals and objectives are met can be daunting even to the most seasoned grant coordinator. VESTA will provide an overview of strategies utilized by this national ATE center to assure full participation by all partners, that all grant goals and objectives are met, and that all expenditures are matched to grant objectives. Reporting procedures and communication tools including a grant activity grid, quarterly activity report form, Saba Centra, BlackBoard, and the VESTA web site will be shared with the participants.
Workshop: Mechatronics: The Foundation for Manufacturing, Supply Chain Technology, and Other Critical Industries
Ned David Young, Co-PI, The National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education, OH
Marilyn Barger, Executive Director, FLATE, FL
Mechatronics is the integrated study of mechanical mechanisms, electronics, robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics and automated control systems. The integration of these traditionally separate disciplines provides significant opportunities for developing multi-skilled technicians possessing troubleshooting/maintenance skills that can be applied to emerging industrial fields. We will highlight two sectors that require mechatronics technicians: manufacturing and supply chain technology. The session will engage participants with a discussion of additional industry sectors requiring mechatronics, and how colleges can provide both a strong mechatronics curriculum and career awareness of diverse applications to numerous industries that have demonstrated critical need for multi-skilled technicians in this enabling technology.
Workshop: Working with the NSF’s SBIR Program to Benefit Your College and Support Small Business in Your Community
Dave Brown, Program Director, National Science Foundation, VA
Ben Schrag, Program Director, National Science Foundation, VA
Moderator: Sandra G. Porter, President, Digital World Biology, WA
Businesses that are funded by the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the National Science Foundation are eligible for supplemental funding that can benefit community colleges, instructors and students. These businesses are natural allies and partners for members of the ATE community. In this session, we will describe the SBIR program and its goals, describe the supplements, and describe how to find and contact the companies that have been funded in your area and field. We will discuss ways to connect with these companies before they apply for SBIR funding and how you can help them with SBIR grants.
Discussion: Exploring In-Demand Skills from Employer Job Postings Metadata
Elaine Johnson, Executive Director and PI, Bio-Link, CA
Levi Thiele, Research Director, AIM Institute, NE
Because the technology needs of business and industry are always changing, we as educators are challenged to keep students focused on the right skills to meet these changing needs. Industry engagement models, employers’ job postings, and region specific labor market analyses are some examples of the tools that community colleges can utilize in order to identify current job market needs and adapt their curriculum as needed. This session will facilitate a discussion focused on the strategies that educators can use to bring the most relevant learning experiences to our students.
Discussion: Training Water Technicians for Business and Industry
Ellen Kabat Lensch, PI, Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), Eastern
Iowa Community Colleges, IA
Kirk Laflin, Executive Director, Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE), ME
ATEEC and PETE present results of the 2013 national forum and report, Defining Water Management. Industry representatives from across the country defined the water field, clarified occupational categories, and listed technician occupations and job functions. ATEEC plans to conduct a series of regional Water Management Conversation forums, gathering stakeholders from business/industry, government, non-profits, and education. These forums and resulting reports will expand on the national report to form a realistic regional snapshot of the current/future water technician workforce, with particular emphasis on translating business/industry needs to education. Discussion will gather input on conducting the Water Management Conversation forums to support regional needs.
Workshop: International Collaboration: Benefits and Lessons Learned
Karen Wosczyna Birch, Executive Director, RCGNM, Connecticut Community Technical College System, CT
Mary Slowinski, Faculty and Online Learning Coordinator, CREATE, CA
Ken Walz, Renewable Energy Project Director, Madison Area Technical College, WI
In the past year, two regional ATE Centers were funded by NSF programs to conduct two different international learning programs, one focused on students in manufacturing (RCGNM) and one focused on faculty teaching renewable energy (CREATE). Join this session to learn how RCGNM planned and administered a student-centered trip to Germany, how CREATE designed activities to deepen the learning experience for faculty visiting technical colleges in Australia and New Zealand, and hear first-hand accounts from a faculty and student about the participants’ experiences.
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Workshop and Discussion Sessions
Discussion: Nationwide Opportunities for STEM Technicians
Greg Kepner, Department Chair, Regional Economic Advancement, Indian Hills Community College, IA
Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) has a unique approach to recruitment and job placement for STEM technicians with an AAS degree in Laser/Electro-optics Technology. IHCC recruits students and places graduates regionally and all across the nation. Graduate job placement is nearly always 100% and there are often 4-6 job opportunities per graduate. Some may consider this a brain drain and others consider it an opportunity for students to enter high wage, high demand, high skill, STEM technician careers.
Discussion: How Do I Help My College Transform Its Infrastructure to Support Entrepreneurial Endeavors?
Vivian Ngan-Winward, Director, Biomanufacturing Program, Salt Lake Community College, UT
Judith Fitzpatrick, Director, Quality Assurance Program, Bergen Community College, NJ
This session is designed to allow participants to share strategies and best practices that enable success and sustainability of entrepreneurial projects. A dialogue between ATE project personnel that have spawned (or are planning) such entrepreneurial projects is anticipated. Topics may include issues such as appreciation of student benefits; institutional barriers; available facilities; effective institutional response to project needs; institutional impacts of project success; and sustainability potential/plans. Participants will choose a topic to discuss with other interested parties, and discussions will be shared with the whole group.
Discussion: Overview of an Engineering Pathway Guide with Strategies for Teaching, Learning, and Student Support
Verlyn Fick, Vice President Instruction and Provost, Cochise College, AZ
Caroline VanIngen-Dunn, Manager, STEM Pathways, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), AZ
Chad Laux, Assistant Professor, Technology, Leadership, and Innovation, Purdue University, IN
Vearl Turnpaugh, Assistant Vice President, Career and Technical Programs, Ivy Tech Community
Anchored by community colleges and led by local business, SFAz’s engineering pathway model aligns K-12 outreach and career exploration; foundational knowledge and skills, and certificate and degree programs. Delivered as a guide, the pathway model provides strategies for teaching, learning, and student support. Examples include an Early College Academy from Cochise College and an engineering technology pathway between Ivy Tech and Purdue. Participants will compare their pathways, identify what is in place, where there are gaps, and what is needed for improvement. Outcomes will inform participants’ pathway development and help optimize the Engineering Pathways Guide as an online resource.
Workshop: Creating Classroom Transformations in STEM Education
Claudia J. Morrell, Chief Operating Officer, NAPE, PA
Carolyn Parker, Assistant Professor, School of Education, The Johns Hopkins University, MD
Faculty in the innovative professional development program, Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student, use the power of micromessages (small and often subtle, yet powerful messages) to improve classroom culture and pedagogy. A team of equity and STEM experts, researchers, and practitioners across disciplines and among education, business, government, and non-profit communities developed the program to provide educators with a process for using research-based strategies and effective practices to address the unique needs of diverse students. The year-long training has demonstrated a statistically significant impact on faculty practice (treatment vs. control groups) leading to improved STEM student academic outcomes.
Workshop: Best Practices for Engaging and Inspiring Secondary Teachers as Emerging Technology Leaders
Maureen A. Devery, Outreach Coordinator, North Seattle Community College, WA
Dianne McKee, Project Coordinator, Maricopa Community Colleges, AZ
Jeannette R. Shaffer, Project Coordinator, Maricopa Community Colleges, AZ
Reaching the next generation of ATE program graduates is easier with strong partnerships with high school teachers. In this session, participants will engage with other ATE programs to share best practices, challenges, and experiences in creating and carrying out face-to-face and online professional development workshops for high school educators. Participants will explore how fostering relationships with participants can lead to strong and innovative leadership that can help bring emerging technologies into existing classrooms as well as create new technology courses. Successful models of professional development will also be shared and discussed.
Workshop: Getting Started with PBL: Strategies, Resources, and Lessons Learned
Nicholas Massa, Professor, Laser Electro-Optics Technology, Springfield Technical Community College, MA
Jane Ostrander, PI, Destination PBL project, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV
PBL challenges students to solve real-world problems and acquire professional skills needed for success in the 21st century workplace. Transforming classrooms to PBL demands new classroom management and instructional skills, curriculum materials, and student approaches to learning. In this interactive session, instructors who have created PBL programs and classrooms and ATE projects and centers that have created resources and provided support for PBL faculty will host roundtable discussions to share their processes, available resources, and lessons learned. Participants will select two roundtable discussions to join, share resources, and develop a plan of action for getting started with PBL.
Workshop: Advancing Innovation in Technician Education: Flipping Classrooms and Integrating Open Learning Resources
Kris K. Frady, Research Associate,Clemson University, SC
Kapil Chalil Madathil, Technology Lead, Clemson University, SC
Danine Tomlin, Executive Director, AMTEC, KY
Moderator: Walter Barlow, Modularization and Curriculum Specialist, AMTEC, KY
This session showcases technical education models (AMTEC’s Mechatronic Maintenance Curriculum and CA2VES Advanced Manufacturing Curriculum) utilizing classroom flipping strategies and open learning resources supporting blended learning. Discussions will include promising practices for implementation at community/technical colleges, implications for other technical programs of study, a description of methods used to develop assessments and lessons aligned to validated industry skill standards, and organization of digital learning tools into a hybrid online lecture/face-to-face lab associate degree program and curriculum. Participants will experience digital learning tools, open learning resources, and reflective activities encouraging them to consider technology and open learning resources in their programs.
Discussion: If You Don’t Lecture – How Do You Teach? Options for Engagement, Collaboration, and Relevance in Technology Classrooms
Erika Bowles, PI, Tacoma Community College, WA
Candyce Rennegarbe, UDL Project Director, Tacoma Community College, WA
Less lecture and more classroom interaction is a desirable goal - but how do you achieve this in technology classrooms where lecturing is the norm? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides a framework for interactive learning through focus on learning accessibility for all students. Presenters will review the UDL model, review UDL applications in a current NSF/other projects, then lead a discussion in which participants describe their best practices in interactive UDL-based learning. Takeaways will include descriptions of successful UDL classroom implementations, best practices in interactive learning, and interactive learning tools/resources, including access to a UDL best practices database.
Discussion: Innovations in Dual Enrollment
Donna Lange, Center Director, DeafTEC, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Michael Staley, Dean, School of Engineering, Design, and Construction, Seminole State College, FL
This session will discuss two innovative strategies: a unique co-taught dual enrollment growth strategy and a national dual-credit model delivered across the country. The co-taught methodology overcomes common obstacles to delivering dual enrollment courses locally, thereby building a more robust pipeline of full-time students from the high schools. The national model (Project Fast Forward) has developed, over the past seven years, a host of best practices for implementing these programs across state lines. While both projects have focused specifically on STEM programs, Project Fast Forward has concentrated on delivering these courses for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Discussion: Determining Readiness for Scalability and Sustainability – How Do You Know and How Can You Prepare?
Deborah Boisvert, PI, BATEC, University of Massachusetts-Boston, MA
Elaine Johnson, Executive Director and PI, Bio-Link, CA
David McNeel, Senior Consultant, University of Massachusetts-Boston, MA
You have concluded a successful pilot of your project and are now considering next steps for scaling and sustaining it. Some of the most important aspects of assessing a project’s success and preparing for scaling and sustainability go back to the design and plans for the project. Participants will be challenged to consider their thoughts on determining and assessing project outcomes and readiness for scaling and sustainability and to share their views in dialogue with others. Concepts, processes, and tools that have been determined to aid in this success will be presented as well as examples and lessons learned of their use.
Workshop: ATE Targeted Research in Action: FLATE/PathTech and Fox Valley/METTE Partnerships to Improve Student Outcomes
Allen Phelps, Senior Scientist, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin, WI
Will Tyson, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida, FL
Lakshmi Jayaram, Visiting Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of South Florida, FL
Edward Fletcher, Assistant Professor, Department of Adult, Career, and Higher Education, University of South Florida, FL
Moderator: Patricia Frohrib, Vice President, Student and Community Development, Fox Valley Technical College, WI
PathTech (USF Sociology) and METTE (UW-Madison Education) each partner with local public two-year colleges to conduct targeted research on student outcomes using quantitative and qualitative methods. Each study uses state longitudinal administrative data and student performance databases to uncover pathways into technician education programs, track student progress, and describe student outcomes. These projects also conduct interviews and focus groups with technician education students, faculty, and administrators and other key informants from high schools and local industry. In this session, PathTech and METTE investigators describe findings and conduct activities to illustrate ways of using targeted research findings to improve practice.
Workshop: Cultivating Effective Industry Partnerships for Long-Term Sustainability
Brad Mason, Director, AMSEC, LLC, VA
Barbara Murray, SMART PI and Apprenticeship Related Instruction Director, SMART, Tidewater Community College, VA
Monica Pfarr, Corporate Director, Workforce Development, American Welding Society, OH
Moderator: Ed Smith, Associate Director, Industry Relations – Centers for Applied Competitive
Technologies, San Diego City College, CA
Forging effective partnerships with industry leaders is key to achieving ATE program success. The SMART center has created a customizable model of industry partner engagement that has enabled the center to effectively develop a new career pathway for its industry, measure significant career awareness success, and cultivate a cadre of educators and industry leaders dedicated to advancing the center’s success. Attendees will hear from the SMART center's industry partners and ATE center partner Weld-Ed about the process of implementing proven principles to produce effective partnerships with industry professionals to ensure sustainability for your center or project.
Workshop: Understanding and Leveraging the USA Digital Fabrication Learning Community
James J. Janisse, PI, Digital Fabrication Learning Community, Fox Valley Technical College, WI
Michael Lesiecki, PI, MATEC, Maricopa Community Colleges, AZ
Moderator: Dale Walker, Director, Business and Industry Services, Fox Valley Technical College, WI
This session will describe the pilot USA Digital Fabrication Learning Community (DFLC) that leverages digital and personal fabrication’s proven enrichment of STEM competencies and attitudes with learners and educators, while driving Next Generation Manufacturing technician development. Special emphasis will be placed on the potential and opportunities for DFLC technologies and techniques to drive U.S. innovation, and economic and workforce development. Learn about the extensive resources and support now available and join the rapidly growing and global MIT Fab Lab community!
Discussion: Working with the Department of Labor to Develop a Competency Model
Vince DiNoto, Dean of College and Systemic Initiatives, PI GeoTech Center, Jefferson Community
and Technical College, KY
Ann Johnson, Associate Director and Co-PI, Jefferson Community and Technical College, KY
The discussion session will explore the work which has been accomplished in the development of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) for the Department of Labor (DoL) as well as updating of the model during the 2013 - 2014 academic year. The discussion will include examples of the outlines for model courses that have been developed based upon the previous GTCM. Participants will explore how this competency based method can be used for course design, articulations, and certifications.