San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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DEVELOPING INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. M ANUFACTURINGTECHNICIAN STUDENTSThe Florida Advanced Technological Education Center-FLATE, The Regional Center for NextGeneration Manufacturing (RCNGM), both National Science Foundation Regional Centers ofExcellence for Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) took the challenge from theNational Science Foundation Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) andAdvanced Technological Education (ATE) to develop international programs of student forstudents enrolled in technical 2 year associate of science degree programs. FLATE partnered withTknika in the Basque County of Spain and RCNGM partnered with two Cooperative StateUniversities in Germany, Mosbach in Mosbach and Baden-Wurttemberg in Mannheim. to developtheir programs. Both NSF ATE Centers missions are focused on supporting manufacturingeducation at for technicians (2 year associate level) and developing robust career pathwayscontinuously integrated with regional manufacturers’ needs.The objective of these international education projects is to lay the ground work of strong andfeasible education and training program for U.S technician students at institutions in WesternEurope to provide our future workforce with global perspectives of the industry they will beentering, allow them to experience a foreign education system, and spend significant time workingside by side with students from another country. The centers designed the basic framework of theirprojects the same way and, therefore will be able to use the same evaluation tools when the projectis completed. Phase one of both projects is to take a cohort of Community College faculty to therespective destinations, providing significant professional development and the opportunity for thefaculty to work together with the European institutions to define a program that will both align withthe courses of study at their home institution as well as keep its hosts educational culture. Phase twowill have small cohorts of students going overseas to experience technical education in a differentcountry and culture.Currently, the centers are half way through the project, FLATE and RCNGM will provide aninterim report of this project. This presentation and paper will focus on the faculty experiences inSpain and Germany, lessons learned, and the differences of the education systems they will besending students to in the summer of 2012. The curriculum development process for the studentcohort will be outlined as well the student recruitment strategies for the challenging non-traditionalstudents that make up a large percentage of the student base at all 2 year institutions.
Barger, M., & Gilbert, R. A., & Orozco, D., & Wosczyna-Birch, K., & Weeks, P. (2012, June), Developing International Education Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturing Technician Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21191
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