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Adding Industry-Based Certification and a Recruiting Partnership to Increase High School Participation in a Workforce Pathways Project

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

Start Date

July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Workforce Preparation at the Two-year College

Tagged Division

Two-Year College

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36653

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https://peer.asee.org/36653

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141

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Alicia Boudreaux Kiremire FlowStream Management LLC

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Ms. Kiremire is a grant consultant specializing in large, collaborative STEM education grants. She holds degrees in both engineering and education and has over 14 years of professional experience.

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Gerry Caskey Louisiana Delta Community College

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Mr. Caskey is the Instrumentation Instructor at LDCC Ruston Campus with over 30 years industry experience. As the Principal Investigator for the NSF funded grant "Project Complete", he is passionate about introducing Instrumentation as a career pathway for the next generation.

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Marvin Nelson Jr. Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning

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Completed a B.S.E.E. in Electrical Engineering at Louisiana Tech (1983 Cum Laude). Completed a Masters in Engineering Management at Southern Methodist University (1989). Worked as an engineer and project manager for a defense contractor for 17 years. Completed a teaching certificate at LSU Shreveport (2003). Taught high school mathematics and physics in the Bossier Parish school system for the last 16 years. Moved to our technical school 2 years ago and helped build our Pre-Engineering and Electrical/Instrumentation programs, working with Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana Delta Community College and our academic and industry partners.

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Sidney Taylor Thomas Applied Research for Organizational Settings (AROS)

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Sidney Thomas is a second-year graduate student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Doctoral Program at Louisiana Tech University. She is currently serving as Assistant Student Director of Applied Research for Organizational Settings (AROS). Sidney leads the AROS team as external evaluators for the Project COMPLETE grant.

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Michael K. Swanbom PE Louisiana Tech University

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Dr. Swanbom is a Distinguished Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. He is a developer of innovative, hands-on, practical content for both high school and university curricula. See his YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBomPE

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to share how an industry-based certification (IBC) and a strategic recruiting partnership were integrated with a federally-funded, Arduino-based high school dual enrollment course in basic electricity and instrumentation in order to increase high school teacher participation in the project. Project COMPLETE is a collaboration between Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) and Louisiana Tech University (LA Tech), with pilot partner Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning (BPSTIL), to expand instrumentation workforce pathways for high school students in Louisiana. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education Program under Grant No. 1801177. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

This paper presents a detailed account of the course mapping process; a final table of learning objectives that meet LDCC dual enrollment and the NCCER Electrical Level I Helper IBC requirements; and a description of a virtual, “flipped classroom” model professional development workshop held jointly with the Louisiana Ag Teachers Association (LATA).

The paper is specifically relevant to two-year colleges who are leading or who want to pursue a federally-funded project involving high school partners, dual enrollment programs, and/or curricula around Arduino microcontrollers. The paper presents specific recruiting and marketing barriers that were overcome in order to connect an innovative, hands-on curriculum with more high school partners.

The outcomes of these efforts were assessed by an external evaluator, AROS Consulting, through data gathered from project documentation, participant surveys, and stakeholder interviews. Results show that the project exceeded its goal for educator participation, received positive feedback from both teachers and students, and drew helpful recommendations for future improvement. There is still work to be done to extend the project’s reach to students themselves, especially in the current pandemic environment.

Kiremire, A. B., & Caskey, G., & Nelson, M., & Thomas, S. T., & Swanbom, M. K. (2021, July), Adding Industry-Based Certification and a Recruiting Partnership to Increase High School Participation in a Workforce Pathways Project Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36653

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