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A Community College Perspective of How Ocean Applications Can Enhance Technical Program Course Offerings and Expand Student Opportunities

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Two-Year College Special Topics Potpourri

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Two Year College Division

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22.23.1 - 22.23.8

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Scott Fraser Long Beach City College

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Scott Fraser is the Department Chair of Electrical Technology at Long Beach City College. As the Chair, he is responsible for the largest community college Electrical Technology Program in California. The program has in excess of 730 students per semester in a 45 unit program that covers industrial electrical to CISCO Networking. He has been teaching since 1998.

Prior to LBCC, Scott was the President of Dolphin Scientific, Inc. for 12 years where the company developed a line of Digital Signal Processing platforms for both industrial and classified government applications. In addition to his work at DSI, Scott worked at Hughes Aircraft Company for 13 years going from Plant Electrician to Program Manager.

Scott has a B.S.E.E. from Cal State University, Los Angeles and his A.S. degree in Electrical Technology from Long Beach City College where he is currently teaching.

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A Community College Perspective of How Ocean Applications Can Enhance Technical Program Course Offerings and Expand Student OpportunitiesThe incorporation of ocean science applications into the electrical, electronic, computerscience, and mechanical design programs provides the students with a real-worldapplication for their course of studies and broadens their career opportunities. Further,giving students the hands-on applications first then following up with the technicalconcepts serves as a powerful motivator of student learning. The electrical technologyprogram at the author’s institution (California) is one example of how this can work.Students can enroll in a robotics applications class without prerequisites and as a resultdevelop an immediate understanding of the operational systems. From there theydemand additional knowledge on the inner workings of the systems providing self-motivation for many of the theoretical classes. The goal for the students is to compete inthe annual International ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition and put theirskills into practice.The step to include ocean sciences into an existing technical program is a much smallerhurdle than trying to teach electrical or programming concepts to marine sciencesstudents. The end result is an enhanced program, increased student retention, and aworldwide industry for student careers. The departmental implementation of thisphilosophy at the author’s institution as well as student success and hiring’s will bediscussed.

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