June 24, 2007
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A Course in Career Preparation and Business Skills in an Engineering Technology Baccalaureate Degree Program Abstract
This paper describes the planning and implementation of a one-credit Engineering Business Skills course intended for baccalaureate degree students in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) at the Altoona College of The Pennsylvania State University. The elective course, developed cooperatively by the Director of Career Services and the EMET Program Coordinator during the spring 2006 semester, is designed to address career-oriented topics. The purpose of the class is threefold: to engage students in the job search process, to educate students regarding career planning activities and the resources available to them, and to better acquaint students with the skills necessary to succeed in industry.
Topics for the course include development of career goals, resume creation, marketing strategies, professional correspondence, job search strategies, interviewing skills, business etiquette, multicultural experiences, graduate school options, professional topics, and lifelong learning. As a part of the course, students attended two different career fairs: the Fall Career Fair at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, and the Business and Engineering Career Fair at Penn State Altoona.
The course was offered in fall of 2006 to eleven senior-level students in the EMET program. Students were surveyed during the first class period to gage their own assessment of their level of career planning preparedness for a variety of activities related to locating employment. An additional survey was administered at the conclusion of the course in order to assess shifts in student attitudes as well as the effectiveness of the course. Data from both survey instruments will be presented in this paper.
Penn State Altoona is one of 19 satellite campuses in the Pennsylvania State University system, which maintains its administrative and research hub at the University Park campus. The Altoona campus is located approximately 45 miles southwest of University Park, and is the geographically closest of the satellite campuses in the Penn State system. With 150 acres and more than 20 buildings, Penn State Altoona offers approximately 4000 students the opportunity to complete 20 baccalaureate and eight associate degree programs ranging from Arts and Humanities to Engineering. In Engineering Technology, two associate degree programs are offered, in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology. In addition, one baccalaureate degree program in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology is available at the campus. Approximately 30 students graduate each year with a BSEMET degree (Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology.) In the eleven years since the inception of the BSEMET program, approximately 300 students have earned the degree.
In addition to the many degree programs that can be completed at Penn State Altoona, the college also offers the first two years of over 180 Penn State majors, including 13 in the College
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