Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
College Industry Partnerships
As the technology innovates quickly, a pro-active industry-university partnership has constituted a backbone to the future workforce including engineers, engineering technologist and technicians who can adopt the technological innovations promptly and effectively in the industrial environments. An industry-university partnership has many outcomes; industrial personnel may have an opportunity to become a pro-active member in a specific academic program and departmental industrial advisory boards, the company provides internships and part-time job opportunities to the students and establishes scholarship programs to honor the company, allows students to develop their senior design/capstone projects in the industrial environments, opens an effective way of reaching academic programs and students by expert-speaking opportunities, provides part-time and honorary teaching opportunities that positively impact both student team members and the company’s project development efforts and finally the partnership may help academic departments to access corporate equipment grants or use the company’s equipment surplus programs. Department of Engineering Technology (ET) at ___________________State University has signed an executive endowment agreement with Quanta Services Company that has already started to establish a fruitful business relationship and implement a workforce development program between two entities. The university’s recent strong partnership with a major energy services company also makes electrical power transmission and renewable energy curriculum central to the University and College’s strategic planning that will produce future engineering technology graduates who are ready for implementing conventional and renewable energy technologies and applications on their areas of concentrations. This strategic partnership targets to support current and future academic program developments, enhances curriculum based on company’s needs and finally establishes a pro-active relationship to prepare ________________State University students for the future workforce needs. This paper presents _________State University and Quanta Service Workforce Development (QSWD) Program as a significant initiative to bring together higher-education and the business world, a symbiotic workforce development relationship. The paper also describes a unique industry-university partnership example that included industry-site course offerings to develop job specific skills that expand the project manager level workforce. The students who stayed at a remote industrial site during the summer classes have had mentors and experienced interacting with experts from the largest specialty contractor in North America, Quanta Services Company. In turn, through the partnership, Quanta will have an easy access to the qualified candidates upon their graduation from ______________State University. A Quanta Endowed Professor position was also established and a new faculty member was hired by a funding provided initially by Quanta Services to serve as a _________State University- Quanta workforce development coordinator to handle summer minimester courses, internship and course enhancement programs, and future program endeavors. The pilot program is offering modified courses from the engineering technology curriculum, a minimester and an internship program. The operating unit and the Quanta managers advised to faculty members on what would make a “good candidate for employment” and a unique list of 22-competency areas were developed for a special minimester course. This paper will report the details of these competency areas.
Pecen, R. R., & Yildiz, F., & Basith, I. I., & Albrecht, M. (2018, June), An Effective Industry-University Partnership to Develop Tomorrow’s Workforce Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29777
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