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Benefits of Small College-Industry Partnerships for Training Program Development

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Experiential Learning Programs and the Transition to Industry

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College Industry Partnerships

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22.280.1 - 22.280.8



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Roy Pruett Bluefield State College

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Roy E. Pruett is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Professor and Department Head of the Electrical Engineering and Technology Department at Bluefield State College. He is the owner of Pruett Engineering and serves as consultant to several local businesses. Roy received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and his Masters in Information Systems from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies

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Bruce V. Mutter Bluefield State College

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Bruce V. Mutter is the founder and CEO of the Center for Applied Research & Technology, Inc. (CART) and teaches project management and engineering economics at Bluefield State College as an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Technology.

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Benefits of Small College-Industry Partnerships for Training Program DevelopmentThe paper describes the continual improvements to our Education for Industry on Demand (Ed-Is-on) program and our Applied Research Assistantship Program (ARAP). These programs haveevolved through operation of the Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) at ourCollege to meet the needs of local industries for a better educated workforce. The programswere developed to meet the constantly changing trends in technology applications that serve themanufacturers and energy industries in our region. By delivering college-approved courses thatoften count for credit in our TAC-ABET approved engineering technology programs, localindustries are assured that the training courses delivered to their employees will stay current andhelp them integrate the latest technology.The paper further describes numerous the benefits that the Edison and ARAP programs provideboth the College and its partners including, but not limited to the following: (1) keepinginstructors up-to-date on the current trends in local industries; (2) providing students with thecourse examples and experiential learning that help ensure student readiness to meet the needs ofthe industries in which they plan to become employed because their instructors are engaged withthe industries in which they plan to become employed; (3) helping the College equip labs withthe latest materials and equipment needed to provide current and relevant training withcommitment and assistance from these same local industries; (4) receiving awards and discountsfrom manufacturers selling equipment to our local industries and our labs because we aretraining students in the same technologies are using; (5) helping local industries save money byreducing their training costs and engaging student assists in their applied research anddevelopment projects rather than bringing in specialized trainers and consultants; (6) decreasinglocal industries repair costs by preparing a well-trained workforce and (7) by providing thetraining employees need, our College has further benefitted by the increased enrollment,retention and program quality.

Pruett, R., & Mutter, B. V. (2011, June), Benefits of Small College-Industry Partnerships for Training Program Development Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17561

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