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CA2VES, an NSF Regional Center, Enhancing the Talent Pipeline to Support the Advanced Manufacturing Industry

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Reporting Out: Dissemination of Several NSF Projects of Interest to Two-Year Colleges

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Two Year College Division

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26.319.1 - 26.319.14



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Kristin Kelly Frady Clemson University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Kris Frady is the Director of Operations for the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development. Additionally, she has earned experience in the corporate sector working with Blackbaud Inc., designing and delivering professional training seminars in online, blended, and live environments. She also has experience in the educational sector in both live and online environments as an adjunct instructor in computer technology for Greenville Technical College and as a Career and Technology Education teacher.

Kris earned a B.S. in Management from Clemson University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Business Education from the University of South Carolina, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology and online learning from the University of Florida.

Her research interests include implementation of digital learning solutions in technical and vocational education, development of career pathways utilizing stackable certificates, educator professional development in communities of practice, and analysis of economic development and industry factors impacting education and workforce development.

She is a licensed South Carolina Educator and serves on various boards to assist with implementation of workforce development is a statewide model including: the Anderson, Oconee, Pickens Showcase board, the technical college led Partnership for Academic and Career Education, Oconee County Work Ready Community Board of Advisors, and Pickens Career and Technology Center Advisory Board.

In over 10 years in development of educational and training materials Kris has designed and delivered professional development and training courses and seminars for 501-c3 organizations across the United States. Her experience as a professional educator has supported her development of educational resources, knowledge of P-12 and technical college systems and needs, and passion for educating youth. In her role as Director of Operations for the Center for Workforce Development she has guided development and assessment of innovative online educational material and the integration of digital learning and visualization tools. She has been part of a team involved in disseminating those results and models throughout numerous national conferences and peer reviewed conference papers. Finally, as part of an overall team she has worked to develop a system wide support network consisting of all 16 South Carolina technical colleges, state funded organizations, National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Centers across the United States, P-12 schools and districts across South Carolina, and many manufacturing industry partners to create pathways and resources for supporting advanced manufacturing advocacy and opportunities impacting employability and economic development across the Southeast.

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Kapil Chalil Madathil Clemson University Orcid 16x16

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Anand K. Gramopadhye Clemson University

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Ben Perry Dillard III


Hope Epps Rivers SC Technical College System

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Hope E. Rivers is the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration degree from the University of South Carolina (USC). Dr. Rivers is responsible for promoting communication and collaboration between the state Technical College System Office and the Vice Presidents of Academic and Student Affairs, Deans, and Directors at the 16 technical and community colleges in all areas related to curriculum and instruction, student services, and research. She also serves as the primary technical college system liaison to the SC Commission on Higher Education, certification boards, and a diverse group of agencies designed to address the educational and workforce needs in the state. Additionally, Dr. Rivers is the principal administrator and manager of several federal and state grants, which are distributed to the technical and community colleges across the state. Her 20-years of higher education experience provide a wealth of knowledge to draw from for a host of state-wide initiatives.

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Title: CA2VES, an NSF Regional Center, Enhancing the Engineering andTechnician Education Pipeline The Center for Aviation and Automotive Technology Education using Virtual E-Schools 2(CA VES), located at Clemson University in South Carolina, serves as a state, regional, andnational resource for 2-year college e-learning research, professional development, and advancedcurriculum based on the latest neuroscience principles, to help educate and prepare a sustainable,multi-skilled technician workforce for manufacturing technician and engineering technologycareers. With its current regional center grant from the National Science Foundation AdvancedTechnological Education (NSF ATE) program, CA2VES continues to identify and meet theneeds of 2-year college technician education faculty and students alike, and in particular, helps toreach and serve underrepresented students, with innovative e-learning research, recruitment andcurriculum applications. CA2VES is a strong, vibrant, proactive partnership between Clemson University and theClemson University Center for Workforce Development; the SC ATE National Center ofExcellence; Florence-Darlington Technical College; Greenville Technical College; and TridentTechnical College. Additionally, collaborative partners include NSF ATE Centers; all sixteen SC2-year colleges and their high school partners; and the SC automotive and aviation industry. Although headquartered at Clemson, the primary focus of CA2VES is supportingtechnician education in 2-year colleges through digital learning tools. The 2-year colleges whopartner with CA2VES work to create products that improve the access to, and quality andcapacity of, associate degree technology programs and certificates to educate an advancedmanufacturing, aviation, and automotive manufacturing workforce. CA2VES distinctive approach has yielded many exciting deliverables and results that may beimmediately utilized by 2-year college faculty and administrators in advanced manufacturing andengineering technology programs. (1) Creation of an innovative, high-impact personalized digital learning curriculum model for educating 2-year college students and industry employees in advanced manufacturing (over 30 virtual reality tools and simulations and over 80 advanced e-learning modules, developed by CA2VES, are being integrated into technician education programs nationwide). (2) Development of recruiting and pathway development resources to attract and retain underrepresented groups to advanced manufacturing career pathways and 2-year college technician education programs (development and distribution of e-learning lessons, videos and tools in K-12 classrooms, and incorporation of industry partnerships in multiple large scale recruitment campaigns). (3) Development of the virtual school as a standard pedagogical tool (development of methodology to evaluate pedagogical effectiveness and analysis of utilization of digital learning tools to determine impact). (4) Creation of a model of a national collaborative venture among universities, NSF ATE Centers and Projects, 2-year colleges, high schools, and key industries (utilization of ATE Centers and Projects nationwide to support digital learning tool distribution and dissemination; partnership and program implementation with over 80 educational institutions – 2-year colleges, K-12, 4-year universities and educational organizations, over 70 industry partners and over 15 community based and governmental agencies). CA2VES, an educational program unlike any other in the US and with the full backing of keyindustry employers, federal government agencies, state workforce departments, and secondaryand post-secondary educational institutions, is providing sustainable resources to support thevital role played by 2-year programs in the engineering and technician education pipeline.

Frady, K. K., & Chalil Madathil, K., & Gramopadhye, A. K., & Dillard, B. P., & Rivers, H. E. (2015, June), CA2VES, an NSF Regional Center, Enhancing the Talent Pipeline to Support the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23658

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