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Building A Seamless Laboratory Curriculum For University And Community College Students

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Building Bridges with Community Colleges

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8.276.1 - 8.276.8



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Richard Newman

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Jon Weihmeir Arizona State University

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John Robertson Arizona State University

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Lakshmi Munukutla Arizona State University

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Session # 2148

Building A Seamless Laboratory Curriculum for University and Community Colleges

Richard Newman, Lakshmi Munukutla, John Robertson and Jon Weihmeir College of Technology and Applied Sciences Arizona State University East Mesa, Arizona


The Arizona State University and community colleges across the State of Arizona have a history of collaboration that is acclaimed as a national model. However, Arizona State University East and its community college partners are working diligently to elevate their educational partnership to a new level beyond traditional articulation and the transfer of coursework. This paper describes a model curriculum development project designed to create a seamless microelectronics laboratory curriculum between local community colleges and Arizona State University East (ASUE).


ASU East and Central Arizona College, Chandler Gilbert Community College, Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center and Mesa Community College have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation * to develop a series of curriculum modules that will lead toward a seamless laboratory curriculum for lower division courses. The instructional materials developed will utilize the Microelectronics Teaching Factory (MTF) as the laboratory of choice, located on the ASUE campus. Community college instructors supported by industry mentors and university faculty instruct the community college students on tool operation/and maintenance, semiconductor process, and workplace effectiveness. The curriculum is modular in design, competency based and industry validated with the goal of producing work ready graduates. Six laboratory modules will be integrated into existing Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) Degree offerings at the partner community colleges. Associate degree-seeking students enrolled at the community college travel to the MTF for a scheduled laboratory period and co-share the Microelectronics Teaching Factory with baccalaureate and masters degree-seeking students enrolled at ASU.


ASU East is a new campus of Arizona State University located in the city of Mesa, Arizona. It is at the former Williams Air Force Base in the southeast part of the Phoenix Metropolitan area; now known as the Williams Campus.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education. Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright @2003, American Society of Engineering Education

Newman, R., & Weihmeir, J., & Robertson, J., & Munukutla, L. (2003, June), Building A Seamless Laboratory Curriculum For University And Community College Students Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12410

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