June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
13.3.1 - 13.3.8
A NEW BACHELORS’S PROGRAM IN MOTORSPORTS TECHNOLOGY Abstract
At the 2007 ASEE Conference the author described a BS program in Motorsports Technology being developed by Old Dominion University (ODU). The program was being developed to be delivered on-site in Martinsville, VA in conjunction with Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) who offers a complimentary associate degree program and the recently established New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville. The paper reported the progress of the development stage. This paper presents the progress made toward offering of the program in the Martinsville site. The promised funding was achieved and a contract signed the spring of 2007 between Old Dominion University and the New College Institute. A search was performed and a program coordinator was hired in the summer of 2007, who is now on site in Martinsville. These first few months the coordinator has been working with the ODU Department of Engineering Technology chair, the Dean of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Patrick Henry Community College and the director of the New College Institute on establishing an office at PHCC and in establishing a strategic marketing plan to advertise the program and recruit students for courses beginning in the Spring 2008 semester. The curriculum and articulation with PHCC are being more finely tuned, as well as articulation with other associate degree engineering technology programs for entry into the upper level program offered by ODU. This paper will present the progress made in establishing the program, developing marketing tools, and articulating the program with other associate degree programs.
Experts in motorsports agree that the golden age of national and international auto racing is right now 1. The Motorsports industry has reached an unprecedented level of technical sophistication that brings well remunerated jobs to professionals with knowledge and skill in the field. The technology behind motorsports is at the vanguard of vehicle design, manufacture, and testing. In fact, motorsports carries the prestige of national and international vehicle manufacturers, makes, and models. Motorsports also attracts sponsors, and countless business and technical opportunities to localities.
Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, VA, the New College Institute (NCI), Martinsville, VA) and Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), Martinsville, VA have partnered to offer Motorsports Engineering Technology in Martinsville, VA. This partnership aims at facilitating educational aspirations of students, professionals, and companies involved in the motorsports industry locally, state, and nationwide.
The area of Martinsville is unique for motorsports. Many consider Martinsville and surrounding counties the “Motorsports Alley” of Virginia. State-of-the-art motorsports laboratories and auto race facilities in the area of Martinsville allow schools to deliver quality engineering instruction and training to students.
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