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A Mouse Click Away: Information To Help Engineering And Et Educators

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Serving the Information Needs of Engineering Technology Educators

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9.69.1 - 9.69.5



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Elaine Craft

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Session 1150

A Mouse Click Away: Information to Help Engineering and ET Educators

Elaine L. Craft Florence-Darlington Technical College

Abstract The SC ATE center of Excellence, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is serving as a National Resource Center for Engineering Technology (ET) education. SC ATE focuses on success of students in ET programs using "tried and true" strategies, products, and services that have originated with SC ATE. SC ATE resources are now just a mouse-click away at for review, downloading, or purchase. These resources include pre- engineering technology and first-year engineering technology curricula, faculty development, research results related to student retention, peer mentoring, and assistance with grant-funded project development and evaluation. The Center also serves as a link to assist educators in identifying useful products and services from other projects funded through the NSF's Advanced Technological Education (NSF/ATE) program. A cost-effective way for two-year college engineering technology faculty to move their programs forward is to learn about and leverage these resources.

Introduction The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program has an emphasis on two-year colleges and on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. Among those who have been funded as ATE Centers of Excellence, a few have recently received additional funding to serve as National Resource Centers. As a resource center, an organization is expected to be a highly visible source of materials, ideas, contacts, and mentoring in a particular field of technological education. In all cases, National Resource Centers are built on substantial, high-quality contributions that have been made by the organization in an area of technological educationi.

The creation of these new National Resource Centers presents a unique opportunity for the engineering technology community to tap the "best of the best" resources and expertise in engineering technician preparation at very reasonable cost or, in some cases, no cost at all. All of these resources are just a mouse click away.

The SC ATE Center of Excellence and National Resource Center for Engineering Technology Education offers many resources that are available to assist colleges with the improvement of associate degree engineering technology programs. Resources include curriculum products, recruitment strategies, a workplace research model, peer mentoring for project or curriculum

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Craft, E. (2004, June), A Mouse Click Away: Information To Help Engineering And Et Educators Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13844

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