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June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Two Year College Division
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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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